Former Bismarck goalie Faragher signs with Anaheim
April 8, 2014
Former Bismarck Bobcats and NAHL goaltender Ryan Faragher has signed a one-year NHL entry-level contract with the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks. Faragher is assigned to the Ducks' primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL), the Norfolk Admirals.
Faragher made his name in the NAHL with the Bobcats in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons, totaling 53 wins and seven shutouts to go with a career 2.33 GAA and .919 SV% in black and gold.
His most memorable day in a Bobcat uniform came on May 9, 2010, when the Fort Frances, Ontario, native stopped all 21 shots he faced as the Cats shut out the Fairbanks Ice Dogs 3-0 for the franchise’s first Robertson Cup title.
Following his career in Bismarck, Faragher starred at St. Cloud State University, backstopping the Huskies to three consecutive NCAA regional finals and the 2013 Frozen Four. Faragher played in 98 career games for St. Cloud State and made at least 23 appearances in net in each season from 2011 to this past season. He leaves St. Cloud State with a career 2.49 goals-against average, .911 save percentage and five shutouts. In 2013-14, Farahger was named to the All-NCHC Second Team at goaltender. He charted a 2.79 goals against average this season that included a .905 save rate. Faragher made 891 saves and also posted a 20-9-4 record this winter.
Faragher went 53-34-8 as the Huskies' goaltender for three seasons and he ranks second in the team records for most career wins. As a sophomore, Faragher led St. Cloud State to their first ever WCHA regular season title as well as the first Frozen Four in school history with a 2.27 goals-against average and .914 save percentage. In 2013-14, Faragher backstopped the Huskies to a first place finish in the NCHC regular season standings at 15-6-3. Overall, the Huskies notched a 22-11-5 record and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2014 NCAA Division I tournament.
“Ryan followed up one of the best careers in Bobcat history with a great college career,” credited Bobcats head coach and general manager Layne Sedevie, who coached Faragher both of his years with the Cats. “And when you put his numbers together with his size and athletic ability, he’s got a great future as a big-time goaltender.”
“Everyone here at Bobcat Hockey is so proud of Ryan and we’re looking forward to following his pro career.”
The 23-year-old netminder becomes the second Bobcat alum—and second in the past year—to sign an NHL contract, joining 2007-09 blueliner Tony Turgeon, who inked a deal last summer with the Florida Panthers.