Stoa, Bachman Turn Pro
CHN Staff Report
College hockey lost two big names Friday, the first day of the NCAA tournament, when Minnesota junior forward Ryan Stoa and Colorado College sophomore goaltender Richard Bachman announced separate pro deals.
The Dallas Stars signed Bachman, a former fourth-round pick, to a three-year entry-level contract.
“Richard had an outstanding, highly-decorated career at Colorado College, and he’s ready to take the next step into the professional ranks,” said Dallas Stars Co-General Manager Les Jackson. “He has an outstanding set of fundamentals and a very bright future ahead of him, and we look forward to his continued development in our organization.”
Bachman, 21, appeared in 35 games for Colorado College as a sophomore in 2008-09, posting a 14-11-10 record with a .914 save percentage, a 2.63 goals-against-average and three shutouts.
As a freshman in 2007-08, the Salt Lake City native was named the National Rookie of the Year by College Hockey News, and became just the second player ever to be named WCHA Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year in the same season.
Stoa, recently named First Team All-CHN this season, signed with Colorado. He led the Gophers in scoring this season, but Minnesota failed to make the NCAA tournament and was unable to advance to the semifinals of the WCHA Final Five.
Stoa, 21, was hurt most of last season with a knee injury, but came back as a force for the Gophers. He was originally taken in the second round by Colorado in the 2005 NHL Draft.
"When the year began I knew this was a possibility if he had a good season," Minnesota coach Don Lucia told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "He was ready physically and mentally for the pros."