Portland, Ore. – The Portland Winterhawks, proud member club of the Western Hockey League, are pleased to announce the signing of prospect goaltender Luke Brunen to a WHL Standard Player Agreement.
The Winterhawks originally selected Brunen with their first pick (2nd round, 36th overall) of the 2021 WHL Prospect Draft, making him the first 2006-born goaltender chosen in the December draft.
“Our staff is very excited to have selected Luke in the draft and see him as a big part of future Winterhawks teams,” said Assistant to the General Manager and Director of Scouting Mike Coflin. “We will work together with Andy Moog and Mackenzie Skapski to develop Luke’s natural ability, and put him in the best position possible for future success.”
Additionally, it was the first time in the Winterhawks’ history they selected a goaltender with their first pick of any WHL Draft, and Brunen was the second-highest goaltender drafted in Portland behind only Kurtis Mucha, who went 25th overall in the 2004 WHL Draft.
The Warman, Sask. netminder has tremendous size at 6-foot-3, 181 pounds and he expects to be a key part of the Winterhawks’ future.
Brunen has spent the last four seasons playing for the Warman Wildcats program. Playing this season in the Saskatchewan Male U18 AAA Hockey League (SMAAAHL), Brunen has posted a 15-5-0 record with two shutouts to help the Wildcats compete for a league championship. He ranks fifth in the league with a .901 save percentage and 2.54 goals-against average.
His goal this spring is for Warman U18 to play in the SMAAAHL playoffs and qualify for the Telus Cup National Championship in Canada alongside fellow Winterhawks 2021 WHL Draft selection and current teammate Carsyn Dyck. The team is currently playing its best-of-five, first-round match-up against Winterhawks prospects Rhett Ravndahl and Ty Shumanski of the Prince Albert Mintos.
Brunen appeared in two games during the shortened 2020-21 season, winning both starts and sporting a strong .913 save percentage. He was then selected to play for Team Saskatchewan in the 2021-22 WHL Cup, catching the eye of many WHL scouts, including Portland.
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