Back-to-back! Wutzke named WHL Goaltender of the Month for January
Calgary, Alta.- The Western Hockey League announced today Red Deer Rebels netminder Chase Wutzke has been named WHL Goaltender of the Month for January.
This marks the second straight month that Wutzke has been recognized with a WHL Monthly Award, having also been named WHL Goaltender of the Month for December.
Wutzke went 8-0-0-1 with a 1.98 goals-against average and .929 save percentage, helping the Rebels go 10-0-0-1 in January to claw their way to third in the WHL’s Eastern Conference.
The 17-year-old is on a 14-game point streak (12-0-1-1) stretching back to early December.
Wutzke, a Debden, Sask. product, has been named WHL Goaltender of the Week three times this season, most recently on January 22 after going 3-0-0-0 on the week, registering a 2.00 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage.
The rookie sits third in the league in goals-against average (2.24) and save percentage (.922.) with a 15-2-1-2 record.
Wutzke held his opponents to a single goal on five occasions through January.
The 6-foot-3, 152-pound puck-stopper made a month-high 31 stops on January 17 to snap Saskatoon’s 18-game point streak in a 5-4 Red Deer victory.
Selected by the Rebels in the second round, 40th overall in the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft, Wutzke made his WHL debut during the 2021-22 season, appearing in three matches. He’d hit the ice for another four games the following year before joining the Rebels full-time for the 2023-24 season.
Red Deer looks to continue its streak on February 2 when the team travels to Brandon to take on the Wheat Kings at 7:00 p.m. CST.
About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL offers a world-class player experience featuring three key cornerstones: hockey development, education, and a safe and positive environment for all participants. A diverse and inclusive organization, the WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 16 located in Western Canada and six in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for close to 60 years. The WHL is also a leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 375 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.