Benny the Badger

Feb 5, 2020

Minot, ND – The Minot Minotauros are proud to announce the goaltender Ben Garrity has committed to NCAA DI, University of Wisconsin for next season.  The second-year goaltender will depart Minot with a season of eligibility remaining.  In 60 games for the Tauros Garrity has a career record of 32-18-6 with a .913 SV% and 2.750 GAA.  With 19 games remaining on the Minotauros schedule Garrity who has already played 60 games as a Tauro will most likely pass Lucas Murray’s 68 for most games played as a Tauro.  He will certainly finish in the top ten of Tauros in career GAA and SV% as well.

For Garrity playing goal for Wisconsin has always been the dream; “Wisconsin has always been a school I’ve wanted to go to. The academics, campus, and sports are all first class and easy to fall in love with.”  While attending Wisconsin Garrity plans, “to go into their school of business.”    Garrity credits his time in Minot with making reaching his dream possible, “The Tauro community has been so great to me ever since I got here and the last couple years here have been some of the best years of my life. The coaching staff and the great players around me have been monumental in my growth as a human and as a hockey player.”

Tauros Head Coach/General Manager Marty Murray was thrilled for his goaltender’s success, “It’s been a pleasure to watch Ben grow over the last couple of years. He has put in the work and it’s terrific that he is being rewarded for it.”  Murray continued, “Ben is very quiet in the net, and is positionally sound. Because of that, he often makes difficult saves look routine.  Ben is well respected in the room and is a competitor on the ice.  I also have to give a shout out to our goaltending coach, Wyatt Waselenchuk for working with our goalies on a daily basis. He does outstanding work, and I know our guys trust him to help make them better.”

Tauros Assistant Coach/Goaltending Coach Wyatt Waselenchuk heaped praise on Garrity; “Ben has been the standard for hard work and perseverance since becoming a Tauro.  He came to camp two summers ago, where he earned his right to come to Minot and compete for a job.  He took the ball and has ran with it ever since.  While splitting time last year, he was a fantastic teammate, and again- just worked so hard to get better every day, and mold himself into one of the top goalies in our league.”  Waselenchuk continued by stressing how much Garrity means to this year’s team, “He is an incredibly calming influence back there for us, and as a coach- he’s done all that we can ask for.”

Garrity credits many people with helping him reach his goal, “I want to thank my family, teammates, coaches, and all of the Tauro community especially my host family for both years who have been more than I could have asked for.”