Former Comets goalie Bachman retires, transitioning to coaching career with Iowa Wild

After 11 professional hockey seasons, five with the Utica Comets, goalie Richard Bachman has ended his playing career, and been hired as the Goaltending Coach for the Iowa Wild.

Posted: Oct 2, 2020 10:04 PM
Updated: Oct 6, 2020 12:35 AM

UTICA, N.Y. - As his playing career comes to an end, Richard Bachman is already switching gears to a new chapter in his life.

After 11 seasons in professional hockey, the former Utica Comets goalie has retired from the game, but won't necessarily be hanging up the skates.

Bachman has been hired as the new Goaltending Coach of the AHL's Iowa Wild. He replaces Frederic Chabot, who was moved into the same position for Iowa's NHL affiliate, Minnesota Wild.

The 32-year-old spent the last five seasons with the Comets, where he compiled a 49-41-13 record with a 2.89 goals-against average. and a .901 save percentage. He also had two shutouts with Utica.

His 105 appearances and 49 career wins in a Comets uniform both rank second in franchise history.

This past season, Bachman appeared in just three games with Utica, earning a 1-1-1 record, a 3.25 goals-against average, and a .909 save percentage.

In February, the Vancouver Canucks loaned him to IK Oskarshamn of the Swedish Hockey League where he skated in three games to finish the season, and ultimately, his career.

Over the course of more than a decade as a pro, Bachman appeared in 264 games in the AHL with the Comets, Texas Stars, and Oklahoma City Barons.

The Salt Lake City native also played in 49 games in the NHL with the Canucks, Edmonton Oilers and Dallas Stars.

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