I got the chance to meetup with Ryan Anderson, known to the team as Bob. Now a sophomore has made waves.He made the team as a walk on last season and earned spots on both the Dean’s list (Fall 15) and then the President’s Honor Roll (Spring 16). He also received the Tom Hoghaug Memorial Scholarship, which is given to freshman who shows initiative, character and responsibility.
After playing in juniors for 2014-2015 season, he was ready to “Hang up the skates”. Anderson won the same amount of games Tomek did in the 14-15 season. Bob had been in contact with UND’s coaches and the week before school started got a phone call about an opportunity to walk on because of an injury to Tomek.
Before coming to UND, Anderson had played in the NAHL for the Wilderness, he said that playing there gave him a lot of experience because he had the opportunity to play a lot of games.
Ryan is majoring in Clinical Lab Science and was inspired by some friends he knew working in the Roseau hospital lab, where he grew up. He also wanted to be able to finish in four years.
Anderson takes inspiration from a few past University of North Dakota goaltenders, such as Jean-Philippe Lamoureux and Aaron Dell. This year he would like to practice hard and be ready at any time, should he need to step into the net. Ryan thought that Brock Boeser has the most accurate shot, while Tucker Poolman has the hardest shot.