Scott Fankhouser (born July 1, 1975 in Bismarck, North Dakota) is an American ice hockey goaltender, currently playing for the Bloomington Prairie Thunder.
Fankhouser began his career playing at NCAA level with the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He was employed mainly as a back-up goaltender in his first three years, managing just 38 appearances in three terms. In his final year at the University however, he stepped up to become first choice, and over 32 games kept his goals against average down to 2.78.
At the end of his university career, Fankhouser was drafted by the St. Louis Blues of the NHL and was initially sent to play for the Greenville Grrrowl in South Carolina at ECHL level, but during the season would also feature in two more leagues, the AHL and the IHL for the Louisville Panthers and the Orlando Solar Bears respectively. During this period, Fankhouser had also moved from being under contract to the Blues to sign for the Atlanta Thrashers, and would go on to make his NHL debut for his new team featuring in 16 top-level games.
The following season, Fankhouser would again play for the Thrashers several times, as well as a second spell at their IHL affiliate, the Solar Bears. Unfortunately for Fankhouser, these appearances would prove to be his last in the NHL to date. In the 2001/02 term, he would make another return journey, this time back to Greenville to play for the Grrrowl again. Fankhouser also enjoyed short spells with the Hershey Bears and the Chicago Wolves.
During the off-season, Fankhouser was again on the move, signing for the Reading Royals of the ECHL, but again did not complete a full season for one team, splitting his time with 19 games for the Arkansas RiverBlades. In 2003/04, Fankhouser would manage his first full season playing for one team since his University days, playing over 30 games in Germany for Bietigheim-Bissingen SC in the Second Bundesliga.
In 2004/05, Fankhouser returned to North America, again splitting his season, this time between the Toledo Storm and a short second spell back in Chicago. Fankhouser switched back to Europe again the season after, this time playing in the Austrian league for the Graz 99ers as their number one goaltender. He would remain in Austria the following season, but this time playing for the Vienna Capitals.
During the summer of 2005, Fankhouser again chose to remain playing in Europe, this time for the Manchester Phoenix in the EIHL, the top level of ice hockey in Britain. During his time at the Phoenix, Fankhouser established himself as the first choice goaltender and started the season well, winning the EIHL 'Player of the Week' award early in the term. Unfortunately this form didn't last and Fankhouser was part of a notably leaky Manchester defence, regularly conceding more than five goals. He was released by the Phoenix following their exit from the first round of the post-season.
Fankhouser returned to North America and, along with Phoenix team-mate Jeff MacMillan signed for the Bloomington Prairie Thunder, a team icing in the United Hockey League. Fankhouser will be no doubt looking to re-capture his form after a disappointing 2007/08. He was called up by the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League in January of 2009, however this was short term and he was soon returned to the lower UHL standard.