Faragher, Basaraba step closer to NHL


Two Fort Frances natives have moved forward in their respective quests to live the dream of many Canadian youths.
Goalie Ryan Faragher, who just completed his junior season with the NCAA Division I St. Cloud State (Minn.) Huskies, on Saturday signed a free-agent, entry-level contract for reportedly one year at a value of $615,000 with the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks, according to capgeek.com
The 23-year-old former Fort Frances Jr. Sabres’ netminder will forego his senior year at St. Cloud State and immediately report to the Ducks’ AHL affiliate, the Norfolk (Va.) Admirals.
Faragher finished this season with the Huskies with an overall record of 20-9-4, to go along with a 2.79 GAA and .905 save percentage.
He was named an NCHC second-team all star and was one of 68 candidates nominated for the Hobey Baker Award as the top college player in the U.S., though he did not advance to the round of top 10 finalists.
Faragher also currently is on the 18-person watch list for the inaugural Mike Richter Award for the top college goalie in the U.S.
Forward Joe Basaraba, meanwhile, has three assists in his first six games with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL after being sent there by the Florida Panthers last week.
The 21-year-old former Muskie star just concluded his senior season with the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, compiling 28 goals and 28 assists in 148 games over his four-year stint.