Although not a startling surprise, the news still stings at Colorado College.
Goaltender Richard Bachman, national Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 2007-08, has opted to forego his final two seasons of eligibility and sign with the NHL Dallas Stars.
Bachman is the second CC underclassman to defect to the professional ranks this spring, joining junior defenseman Brian Connelly, who inked a contract with the Chicago Blackhawks earlier in the week. Connelly immediately was assigned to the Rockford Icehogs, Chicago’s affiliate in the American Hockey.
Dallas drafted Bachman in the fourth round, 120th overall, in June 2006. He leaves the Tigers after posting a two-year record of 39-20-11, with a 2.24 goals-against average and .922 saves percentage. He also had seven shutouts and seven assists.
His first year at CC was his best, as he finished 25-9-1 with a 1.85 GAA and .931 saves ratio en route to earning first-team All-America and All-WCHA honors. In addition, the Highlands Ranch, Colo., product was named WCHA Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year, becoming just the second player in league history to earn both honors in the same season.
His departure leaves the Tigers with two goalies – junior-to-be Tyler O’Brien and incoming freshman Joe Howe – currently on the roster for the 2009-10 campaign.
Connelly leaves Colorado College after collecting 63 points (8g,55a) in 114 career outings. One of only four players to skate in all 38 games this season, he recorded 27 (3g,24a) of those in 2007-08.