With a variety of talent on the Greenville Swamp Rabbits’ roster, Ryan Bednard is a strong goaltender who has let the Greenville fans know his name. The 23-year-old Michigan native is playing his second season of professional hockey season, where he currently owns a .914 save percentage.
Bednard played collegiate hockey at Bowling Green State University, where the backstop appeared in 68 games played. During his first season in 2016-17, Bednard played only seven games, where he recorded a save percentage of .882. In his second season, he started in 29 games, recording a save percentage of .916. Closing out his tenure with the Falcons in 2018-19, Bednard started 32 games with a college high .927 save percentage.
Making his professional debut, Bednard spent 2019-20 with the Springfield Thunderbirds in the American Hockey League. In his only AHL season to date, Bednard played eight games with the team and ended the season with a .899 save percentage. This was joined by a record of 4-3-0.
Bednard split the second half of 2019-20 with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. In doing so, he played 24 games, while amassing a record of 10-12-1. This also included a shutout. While the season was cut short due to the pandemic, the Florida Panthers seventh-round pick still ended the season with a .908 save percentage. So far, through 2020-21, Bednard has played 25 games, while amassing three shutouts and a 15-4-5 record.