Born July 25, 1987 (age 24) in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Goaltender for the Dallas Stars
After I got over the initial “your name reminds me of Michele Bachmann and that is strange” shock and learned a little more about this guy, I liked what I saw. I remember hearing about him back in December when he went on a streak of starts because Kari Lehtonen was hurt and Andrew Raycroft was perhaps not performing up to expectations. Bachman did what he did best and won most of his decisions in that time.
But anyway, let’s rewind back to the beginnings, back to when he played at Cushing Academy and racked up a pretty good record then–including three shutouts in 28 games. Or when he was with Cedar Rapids and amassed a .913 save percentage. Or his freshman year at Colorado College, when he was named player of the year and rookie of the year in the same season.
He was selected by Dallas in the 2006 draft and signed a three-year entry-level deal with them in 2009. From there he spent time with the ECHL Idaho Steelheads and the AHL Texas Stars honing his game until he got his first big-time call-up in December 2011. That’s because of the injury to Lehtonen mentioned earlier.
Bachman earned his first shutout on December 13, 2011 (my birthday!) when he shut out the Rangers 1-0. Impressive! He hasn’t played as often since Lehtonen returned, but he’s still a part of the organization and may be very helpful again sometime in the future.