18-year-old Western Hockey League (WHL) Saskatoon Blades goalie Austin Elliott won goalie of the week for the second time this season.
He collected a pair of victories against divisional opponents this past weekend.— The WHL (@TheWHL) March 6, 2023
For the second time this season, Austin Elliott of the @BladesHockey is the WHL Goaltender of the Week!
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The former Strathmore Storm goalie suited up for us in 2017, and following that he went to a hockey school south of Regina, Saskatchewan in Notre Dame where he played for four years.
“I played my second year of bantam there, two years of midget and then a year at junior A and then that brings us to this year where I am in Saskatoon playing the WHL.”
Elliott expresses that with this being his first full season playing with the Blades it's a big adjustment because everything is a lot faster, and the players are a lot more skilled.
“Compared to midget and Junior A it is definitely a big jump, but I am pretty lucky to be on a good team this year. The team in front of me is really good so that made it a little bit easier.”
Elliott's dedication and hard work over the summer really seemed to help him and the belief in himself is what earned him his second goalie of the week award.
“There are a lot of good goalies in the league, so when you get selected for an individual award, it's definitely an honour, especially as a rookie.”
The Saskatoon Blades are one of the top teams in the League and Elliott has helped with 22 out of 43 of their wins this year. There are eight games left in the season and the Blades have already clinched a spot in the playoffs. Elliott has big goals for himself and his hockey career going forward.
“Obviously to play in the NHL, that is everyone’s goal in the end, but I mean not everyone makes it there. So I just want to keep working, and to get some level of pro hockey is definitely the goal. Whether that is NHL, AHL, or somewhere in Europe.”
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