After snagging pucks all year long, St. Albert native Tyler Bunz has snagged himself a major award.
Bunz, the goaltender for the Western Hockey League’s Medicine Hat Tigers, won the Del Wilson Trophy as the WHL’s goalie of the year on Wednesday as the league handed out its awards at a luncheon in Calgary. He beat out Ty Rimmer of the Tri-City Americans for the award.
Bunz amassed a record of 39-17-2-3 over the course of the regular season, with three shutouts and a 2.57 goals against average. He set career-best marks this year in wins, games played and save percentage (.921). He also passed Matt Keetley — who currently plays for the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League — to become the franchise’s all-time leader in regular season wins with 115.
The Tigers finished fourth in the WHL’s Eastern Conference during the regular season, and swept the Saskatoon Blades in their first-round playoff matchup before getting swept by the Moose Jaw Warriors in the second round.
Bunz was drafted in the fifth round, 121st overall, by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2010 National Hockey League Draft. The Oilers signed him to a three-year entry-level contract in March. He also attended Hockey Canada’s selection camp for the 2012 World Junior Championship team, but was one of the final cuts.
— GLENN COOK, St. Albert Leader