Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League announced today that rookie Francis Leclerc of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending January 8 after posting a 2-0-0-0 record including two shutout victories for a perfect goals-against-average of 0.00 and save percentage of 1.000.
Leclerc turned aside all 41 shots he faced last week backstopping the Armada to a pair of victories helping his club hold onto fourth place in the QMJHL’s overall standings with a 23-11-4-2 record. He picked up his first of two straight shutouts on Tuesday with 21 saves in the 6-0 win over the Val-d’Or Foreurs, then stopped all 20 shots on Friday earning second star honours in a 3-0 victory over the Chicoutimi Sagueneens extending his shutout streak to 138 minutes and 52 seconds.
An 18-year-old from Chateauguay, QC, Leclerc is playing in his first full QMJHL season with the Armada after appearing in just eight games a year ago. Originally a sixth round pick of the club in the 2014 QMJHL Entry Draft, Leclerc carries a 10-3-2-2 record including three shutouts with a goals-against-average of 2.27 which ranks second overall in the league, and a .917 save percentage which is tied for top mark.
Also considered for the award this week was Rylan Parenteau of the Tri-City Americans who posted a 2-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory stopping a total of 65 shots for a goals-against-average of 0.50 and save percentage of .985, and Montreal Canadiens prospect Michael McNiven of the Owen Sound Attack nominated for the second straight week with a 3-0-0-0 record making 69 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.39 and save percentage of .945.
2016-17 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Francis Leclerc (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Griffen Outhouse (Victoria Royals)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Connor Ingram (Kamloops Blazers)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Matthew Villalta (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Patrick Dea (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Zach Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Troy Timpano (Erie Otters)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Reilly Pickard (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Ryan Kubic (Vancouver Giants)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Logan Flodell (Saskatoon Blades)
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Samuel Harvey (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Liam Herbst (Guelph Storm)