Mustangs add Ukranian goaltender Ogandzhanyan
The Ogden Mustangs have added their first ever Ukrainian player to the 2018-19 roster in goaltender Artur Ogandzhanyan.
We’ll get this out of the way at the beginning: It’s pronounced “Oh-gawn-djhan-yun.” Yeah. That “djhan” part is tricky.
Ogandzhanyan grew up playing for the Druzhba-78 Kharkov program, then transitioned to the Berkut Kiev U15, U16, U18 and U20 programs. Last season was his first in the US, where he skated for the prestigious Boch Militia program in New England. The Militia have had more than 200 alums go on to NCAA DI programs and had 10 alums selected in this past year’s NHL Draft alone.
Ogandzhanyan is ready and excited to move his career forward in Ogden.
“I really like the team,” Ogandzhanyan said. “It’s being very fun so far, and the coaches are perfect. I was told we have a huge fan base, and I was pretty surprised about that. I’m excited to play in front of them. The organization generally is perfect, Mrs. Lori and coaches gave me the opportunity to focus only on hockey and don’t worry about outside things.”
Born in 2000, Ogandzhanyan has three seasons of junior hockey eligibility remaining, including this one. He’s 5-feet-11-inches tall and 180 pounds and describes himself as a goaltender with a simple style who is reliable but still very athletic.
“I’ll do my best to make my teammates feel calm about their goaltending,” Ogandzhanyan said. “Being consistent. Making key saves. Let them win every game.”