OTTAWA SENATORS SIGN GOALTENDER
OTTAWA (5/11/04) - The Ottawa Senators Hockey Club today announced the signing of goaltender Kelly Guard, of Prince Albert, Sask., to a multi-year deal with the club.
In 62 regular games played this season with the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League (WHL), Guard posted a 44-14-4 record with a 1.56 goals-against-average (GAA) and .925 save percentage, leading the league in wins, GAA, and shutouts (13).
Guard, 20, finished his stellar regular season as runner-up for the 2003-04 WHL Player of the Year award, setting a Canadian Hockey League (CHL) and WHL record for most shutouts in a single season (13), breaking a 36-year old record. The Saskatchewan native also set a CHL and WHL record for best GAA in a single season (1.56) and was named a 2003-04 Western Conference First Team All-Star.
In the 2004 post-season, the 20-year-old Guard has posted an 11-6-0 record and 1.78 GAA in 17 games with Kelowna, the host city of the 86th MasterCard Memorial Cup.
The 2004 Memorial Cup, which takes place at Kelowna’s Prospera Place from May 15-23, sees the Rockets joined by each CHL's respective League champions; the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League, the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL).
KELLY GUARD, Goalie – Catches left - 6’1”, 203 lbs.
Born: June 10, 1983 (Prince Albert, Saskatchewan)
Drafted: Not drafted