Sexsmith WHL's zero king
Herald News Services
Published: Sunday, November 09, 2008
Tyson Sexsmith is the WHL's shutout king.
The Vancouver Giants' 5-0 win over the host Prince George Cougars on Friday marked the 22nd clean sheet of Sexsmith's junior career and gave him sole possession of top spot in that category in league history.
Bryan Bridges (Kootenay/Seattle, 2001-06) and Leland Irving (Everett, 2003-08) both ended their WHL stints with 21 shutouts.
Sexsmith hit the record in his 138th game. Bridges played 213 games, while Irving had 195.
"It's a pretty good accomplishment to get, especially coming quite a few games less than the previous record holders," Sexsmith, 19, told a B.C. newspaper. "I get credit for it, but it's definitely a team award and you have to give them most of the credit. Over the years, I've had some pretty good guys who helped me get this record."
Sexsmith made 24 saves for his second shutout this season with Vancouver (13-0-0-1).
He had nine shutouts last year and 10 in 2006-07. Both years he led the WHL in goals-against average.
He's expected to forgo his overage season next year and play somewhere in the San Jose Sharks' system.
© The Calgary Herald 2008