Ian Scott of the Prince Albert Raiders, Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen of the Sudbury Wolves, and Samuel Harvey of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies are the 2019 finalists for the Vaughn Goaltender of the Year Award.
Scott was named this year’s winner of the Del Wilson Memorial Trophy after posting a 38-8-1-2 showing across 49 games, while ranking second league-wide in goals-against average (1.83) and save percentage (.932), and topping the charts with eight shutouts.
The Toronto Maple Leafs prospect was a seven-time recipient of WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week honours, including three times in the postseason as he wrapped up the playoffs with 16 wins in 23 appearances, including five perfect games, to lead the Raiders to the franchise’s first Ed Chynoweth Cup title in 34 years.
Scott, 20, has spent four seasons with the Raiders, coming away with 87 wins in 175 career appearances. A native of Calgary, Scott was selected ninth overall by Prince Albert in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.
Luukkonen excelled in his first season in North America as the Finnish netminder tied for first league-wide with 38 wins, while also setting franchise highs with six shutouts, a 2.50 goals-against average, and .920 save percentage. That performance helped the Wolves advance to the postseason for just the second time in five seasons, while the team also won its first playoff series since 2013.
In early December, Luukkonen was recognized as the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week after he stopped a combined 48 shots over two games, including one shutout and a .960 save percentage.
Luukkonen originally joined the Wolves after being selected third overall in the 2018 CHL Import Draft, one year after he was selected in the second round of the NHL draft by the Buffalo Sabres.
For the second year running, Harvey takes home the Jacques Plante Memorial Trophy after leading the QMJHL with a 2.08 goals-against average. Along the way, the 21-year-old netminder picked up 35 wins across just 43 appearances and was instrumental in the Huskies tying a CHL record of 25 consecutive victories originally set by the QMJHL’s Sorel Éperviers in 1974 en route to Rouyn-Noranda finishing in first place.
This season, Harvey was twice recognized as the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week, with both honours coming in the postseason as he helped the Huskies capture the President’s Cup as the league playoff champions for the second time in four years. A native of Alma, Que., Harvey has spent his entire five-year junior career with the Huskies, recording 129 wins in 199 all-time appearances.
The Huskies originally selected Harvey with the 39th pick in the 2014 QMJHL Entry Draft.