Bobcat Alum Faragher Inks NHL Deal
ST. CLOUD, MN – Former Bismarck Bobcats goaltender Ryan Faragher has signed a one-year NHL entry-level contract with the Anaheim Ducks.
Faragher made his name with the Cats 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/Mandan, Faragher starred at St. Cloud State University, backstopping the Huskies to three consecutive NCAA regional finals and the 2013 Frozen Four—the school’s first appearance in the national semifinals. He forgoes his senior season at St. Cloud to join the Ducks organization.
“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.”
Faragher starts his professional journey with the Norfolk Admirals, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Ducks.
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.
On the ice, the Bobcats return to the VFW Sports Center Friday for Robertson Cup Playoff action with Game Three of the Central Division Semifinals at 7:15pm. The Cats currently lead the Aberdeen Wings 2-0 in the best-of-five first-round playoff series.
Tickets are available by calling the box office at 222-3300 or fans can buy and print online at www.BismarckBobcats.com.