Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Jiri Patera of the Brandon Wheat Kings has been named the WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week and league nominee for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending December 2, 2018.

A prospect of the Vegas Golden Knights selected in the sixth round, 161st overall, of the 2017 NHL Draft, Patera posted a 2-0-0-0 record, 1.50 goals-against-average, and stopped 62 of 65 shots for a 0.954 save percentage in a pair of road wins against the Swift Current Broncos this past week.

Wednesday, Patera stopped 31 of 32 shots in a 5-1 win for the Wheat Kings, making 9 saves in the first before saving all 22 shots over the final two periods. Saturday, Patera continued his domination of the Broncos with a 31-save performance in a 5-2 victory, making 13 saves in the first, 10 in the second, and eight more in the third.

Originally selected by the Wheat Kings in the second round, 104th overall, in the 2018 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft, Patera has done well in his inaugural season in the WHL, posting a 10-6-2-2 record in 21 games while also maintaining a 2.93 GAA and a 0.915 SV%.

This afternoon’s announcement was one of two exciting things to happen to Patera today.

The Knights’ prospect has learned that he is one of three goalkeepers invited to his country’s National Junior Selection Camp, in preparation for the World Junior Hockey Championship.

Following camp, which begins next week, all eyes will turn to the 2019 World Juniors, to be held in Vancouver and Victoria later this month.

The Czech Republic’s preliminary round schedule will feature games against Switzerland, Russia, Denmark and Canada.

This year’s tournament will begin Boxing Day.

WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week/Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week nominee
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Jiri Patera, Brandon Wheat Kings
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Dustin Wolf, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Ian Scott, Prince Albert Raiders
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Max Paddock, Regina Pats
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Ethan Anders, Red Deer Rebels
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Dustin Wolf, Everett Silvertips
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Trent Miner, Vancouver Giants
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Ian Scott, Prince Albert Raiders
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Trent Miner, Vancouver Giants 
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Ian Scott, Prince Albert Raiders
Sept. 21 – Sept. 23: Dylan Ferguson, Kamloops Blazers

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 consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five 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 over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 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.

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