By: Mason Detre
Ottawa, Ontario – The Central Canada Hockey League Tier 2 is proud to announced that Embrun Panthers ’02 born goalie William Nguyen is named the 2019-20 Goaltender of the Year award.
Nguyen, 17, becomes the youngest goalie in CCHL2 history to won Goaltender of the Year. The Ottawa, Ontario native led all goalies in Goals Against Average (2.06) and Save Percentage (.943). He was tied for first in shutouts (3) and tied for fifth in wins (7).
Embrun Panthers Head Coach Darrell Campebell has been really pleased of the hard work that William Nguyen did this season.
“William follows his own routine away from the Embrun team. He is committed to our practices and always applies himself. William has a keen awareness of playing in net and his ability, agility and skill allows him to be on top of his game. At School, William takes international baccalaureate courses which are demanding of his time.”
Outside of hockey, Campbell says that he also plays Soccer and Volleyball on the school teams. Campbell believes that he can take the next step forward of his hockey career.
“There is no doubt, William can play at the next level. I believe he can play Major Junior. William has played 2 games in the CCHL this year. William was outstanding in both appearances. We are very fortunate to have William playing in the CCHL2.”
Nguyen played in two call up games with the Nepean Raiders and won one of the two games. In his CCHL debut, he made 62 saves on 63 shots in a 4-1 win against Cornwall on December 12th 2019. His recent outing was on February 23rd when he came in relief of Keenan Alnahas and made all 16 saves in the third period against Carleton Place.
Nguyen and the Emrbun Panthers will take on the Ottawa Jr. Canadians in the Martin Division Semi-Finals, but it hasn’t been determined on who is getting home ice advantage for Game One. Ottawa takes on Athens tonight at 6:20pm for the final regular season game.