Top Goaltender – Friends of Alberta Junior Hockey League Trophy
Luke Lush of the Drayton Valley Thunder is the 2018-19 Top Goaltender and recipient of the Friends of AJHL Trophy. Lush becomes the first Thunder goaltender to receive the honour. The annual award is presented to the goalie who demonstrated the greatest ability in his position throughout the season.
Lush (Sherwood Park, AB) has been an impact player for the Thunder since arriving in a trade from the Camrose Kodiaks, with 3 shutouts, 12 Viterra AJHL Star of the Game selections and a record of 21-13-5. He has played the fourth most minutes of all AJHL goaltenders (2,468) this season and recorded the second most saves (1,250). With just two games remaining in the regular season, Lush is second among all AJHL goaltenders with a .919 save percentage and holds a 2.67 GAA.
Lush was recently named to the 2019 Inter Pipeline AJHL All-Academic Team and was recognized as the Alberta Ford Dealers AJHL Defensive Player of the Week in two consecutive weeks during November 2018. Luke is also a finalist for the AJHL MVP Award after leading the Thunder back to the post-season following last season’s miss.
• 2018-2019 Award Finalists: Pierce Charleson – Brooks Bandits, Brady Parker – Okotoks Oilers, Colby Muise – Bonnyville Pontiacs, Luke Lush – Drayton Valley Thunder
• 2017-2018 Award Winner: Riley Morris – Okotoks Oilers
The Thunder wrap up their regular season this weekend at home, beginning Friday, March 1st vs. the Olds Grizzlys at 7:30pm, and then hosting the Fort McMurray Oil Barons on Saturday, March 2nd at 7:30pm.