Former UMD Hockey Goalie Ryan Fanti Talks Moving On to the Pros

Fanti finished his last season at UMD with an impressive seven shutouts.

DULUTH, Minn.– After a stellar end to his junior year Ryan Fanti decided to forego his senior season and begin his professional career.

During his time with the Bulldogs Fanti appeared in 57 games, winning 30 of them. He wraps up his collegiate career with a goals against average just over two. Fanti says he will look back fondly on this time at UMD.

“I’ve built relationships here that I’m so proud of, you know, they’ll last a lifetime. These guys will be a part of my life, for the rest of my life and I’m so grateful,” says Fanti, “I owe that to UMD and Duluth itself, the experiences it brought me. I played for the Wilderness for two years, I’ve been in the area for five years and it’s become a second home for me.”

While Fanti spent most of his career behind another eventual pro-goalie, Hunter Shepard, his run will go down as one of the best in recent memory.

“Super sad that I wasn’t able to bring home a National Championship with some of these guys but I’m proud of my effort,” Fanti says, “I’m so happy that I made it to the Frozen Four my sophomore year and won an NCHC playoff title this year, which is something to be proud of. There’s some big memories right there and just to be a part of that conversation and even those group of names, I’m so honored.”

Fanti’s deal with the Oilers will begin next season. For now, he will join the Bakersfield Condors of the AHL on the amateur tryout contract for the remainder of the season.

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