The Big Break

Jul 4, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA – On the heels of a breakout freshman year at St. Cloud State University, former Bismarck Bobcats goaltender Ryan Faragher will participate this upcoming week at the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Developmental Camp.

The camp will run July 10-14 at the Consol Energy Center, the Pens’ home arena.

Faragher got a chance turn heads during his first season with the Huskies when returning starter Mike Lee went down to injury, opening the door for Faragher to take over for a large chunk of the season.

“When Mike got hurt I definitely had mixed emotions,” recalled Faragher, who led the Bobcats to the 2010 Robertson Cup Championship and back-to-back Central Division Titles in 2010 and 2011, “we were always rooting for each other so it was tough to see him go down, but at the same time I knew it was a huge break for me as a freshman.”

In his first start after Lee went down, Faragher posted a shutout against North Dakota at Ralph Engelstad Arena on October 28. For the season Faragher went 9-11 with a strong 2.77 GAA and a .915 SV%.

Along the way, Faragher picked up a number of marquee wins over WCHA powerhouses North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Denver.

With Lee having signed a pro deal earlier this summer with the Phoenix Coyotes, Faragher is the favorite to be the outright starter for the Huskies in 2012-13.

The Fort Frances, Ont., native’s meteoric rise has caught the eye of multiple NHL teams, including the Pens and the Chicago Blackhawks.

“Chicago actually reached out first to invite me to their development camp, but in talking with our staff [at St. Cloud State] we determined that Pittsburgh had the best situation, with the fewest goalies in their minor league system,” noted Faragher.

In Pittsburgh, Faragher will go up against Penguins first-round picks such as Derrick Pouliot, Olli Maatta, Joe Morrow and Simon Despres.

Development camps are a great avenue for late-bloomers like Faragher, whose “Draft Year” for the NHL was all the way back in 2008, to carve a path to the NHL despite going undrafted.

“Ryan has so much to offer an NHL team, even a team as good as the Pens,” pointed out Bobcats head coach and general manager Layne Sedevie, who—as a former Division I goalie himself—worked closely with Faragher over his two years in Bismarck, “he’s tall (6’2”) and fast and is [flexible like] Gumby. He’s a big-time player who played his best in our biggest games for two years. There’s no doubt in my mind he’ll be in ‘the show,’ before too long.”

For any Bobcat fans in or around western Pennsylvania next weekend, the Penguins have announced that the July 14th scrimmage at the Consol Energy Center will be free and open to the public.

Back in Bismarck, the Bobcats’ busy offseason continues with their Main Tryout Camp, scheduled for July 27-29 at the VFW Sports Center.

Season tickets for the 2012-13 season are now on sale—and going fast! Call the box office at (701) 222-3300 to reserve your seats and be a part of another Bobcat Hockey run for the title today!