PICKARD SETS WHL CAREER SAVES MARK

Jan 23, 2012 - 01:25 MST

Vancouver, B.C. – Calvin Pickard of the Seattle Thunderbirds became the WHL’s All-Time leader in career saves on Sunday night in Vancouver, B.C.

The 19-year-old from Winnipeg, MB, stopped 42 of 45 shots he faced in a 3-2 setback to the Giants, giving him 6,959 career saves, eclipsing the previous long-held record of 6,958 saves set by former Thunderbirds netminder Danny Lorenz (1986-1990).

Pickard is in his fourth season in the WHL with the Thunderbirds, having appeared in 217 career regular-season games.  He currently sits sixth on the WHL’s list of All-Time Games Played and third on the All-Time Minutes Played list at 12,639.

Pickard was the Thunderbirds’ second-round pick, 38th overall, in the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft.  He was the Western Conference nominee for WHL Goaltender of the Year in 2009-10 for the Thunderbirds, and was selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the second round, 49th overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Congratulations to Calvin Pickard of the Seattle Thunderbirds on setting the WHL record for Career Saves.

CALVIN PICKARD – CAREER STATISTICS

Season

Team

GP

GA

Mins

Saves

GAA

SV%

W

L

OTL

SOL

T

SO

2011-12

Seattle Thunderbirds

40

127

2244

1317

3.40

0.912

17

21

1

1

0

3

2010-11

Seattle Thunderbirds

68

225

4013

2443

3.36

0.916

27

33

3

5

0

1

2009-10

Seattle Thunderbirds

62

190

3688

2017

3.09

0.914

16

34

7

5

0

3

2008-09

Seattle Thunderbirds

47

137

2694

1182

3.05

0.896

23

16

1

4

0

3

 

TOTALS

217

679

12639

6959

3.22

0.911

83

104

12

15

0

10

Playoffs

Team

GP

GA

Mins

Saves

GAA

SV%

W

L

OTL

SOL

T

SO

2009

Seattle Thunderbirds

5

15

297

162

3.03

0.915

1

4

0

0

0

0

 

TOTALS

5

15

297

162

3.03

0.915

1

4

0

0

0

0

Photo by CJ Relke