Miners goaltender Smith signs WHL contract
August 28, 2014
Former North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) and Pikes Peak 18U goaltender Evan Smith has signed a Western Hockey League (WHL) Standard Player Agreement with the Victoria Royals.
Smith, 17, has spent the last two seasons playing for Pikes Peak in the NAPHL. The native of Parker, Colorado spent the 2013-14 season with the Pikes Peak Miners 18U team and in 2012-13 he played for Pikes Peak’s 16U team in the NAPHL.
With the Miners this season, Smith posted a goals against average of 1.95 to go along with a .921 save percentage in 13 appearances.
During his two year NAPHL career he played in 29 regular season games, posted a 14-12-2 record with a 2.52 goals against average and a 90.8% save percentage with two shutouts. He also played in seven career playoff games with a 2-4 record, a 2.31 goals against average and a 92.1% save percentage.
"Evan is a goaltender that we think has tremendous potential," Royals' General Manager Cameron Hope said. "We are very happy that Evan has chosen to pursue his hockey goals with our organization."
Smith, a 6-6/180 lbs. netminder, was listed to the Royals' 50-man protected player list in July of 2012.