The Nanaimo Clippers’ starting goalie, Jordan Naylor, has received the BCHL Player of the Month Award for December. It has been years since another Clipper has received this award making the award extra special.
Naylor started the 2019-2020 season, his second year in the BCHL, with an injury keeping him out of games in the early part of September. Since his return, he has played 24 games with an 18-4-2 record. His goals against is 2nd in the league at 1.71 per game and he has a league leading .945 save percentage.
If Naylor keeps up the impressive goaltending he will equal or beat the all time BCHL save percentage of .945 set by Daron Hanson of the Vernon Vipers set in 2016-2017.
The stats of Naylor are even more impressive if you consider the Clippers have not fared well in the special teams opportunities this year with an eye popping 46 more penalty kills than power plays, easily the highest disparity in the BCHL. Despite the parade to the penalty box, the Clippers, backed by Naylor’s stellar goaltending, are 1st in Penalty Killing in the BCHL this year.
As Wes Mussio, owner of the Clippers put it “this season the Clippers have been on the wrong side of the penalty calls most games meaning our goalies have been seeing a lot of rubber as other teams enjoy plenty of Power Play opportunities against us including a lot of 5 on 3s. I think that stat alone shows how impressive Jordan has been all year for us. He has stood on his head most games and is the main reason we are sitting in first place in the Island Division. Without off the chart goaltending, we certainly would not be enjoying this much success.”
Naylor has also received a Player of the Week honour this season as well as Honourable Mention for Player of the Month in November and 3 times for Player of the Week.
Ken McPhalen, Assistant and Goaltender Coach for the Clippers, commented “I have been coaching Jordan since his minor hockey days and what impressed me the most is he gets better each year. Jordan is not a huge goalie but he makes it up in his lightning quick reflexes, great puck handling skills and calming approach to playing goal. I am glad to see he is getting the recognition he deserves.”
For the BCHL write up on the award, please go to https://bchl.ca/naylor-named-pom-for-december
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