2008-09: Bobby Farnham played in 31 games for Brown University as a freshman. He scored 4 goals with 3 assists and was -4 with 24 penalty minutes. Brown finished last in ECAC Hockey but upset fifth-place Harvard in a first round series before falling to regular season champion Yale in the ECAC Hockey quarterfinals.
2009-10: Farnham skated in 36 games for Brown in his sophomore season. He scored 3 goals with 8 assists and was -11 with 14 penalty minutes. The Bears finished 11th in ECAC Hockey but finished the season with an impressive playoff run. Brown entered the post season nine games under .500 but defeated RPI and Yale in three-game playoff series to reach the ECAC Hockey semifinals and, after falling to Cornell, shutout St. Lawrence, 3-0, in the league’s third place game.
2010-11: Farnham returned to Brown for his junior season; skating in all 31 games for the Bears. He scored 8 goals with 7 assists and was -6 with 39 penalty minutes. Brown finished ninth in ECAC Hockey and was swept by Quinnipiac in a first round playoff series.
2011-12: Farnham made his pro hockey debut – appearing in six AHL games following his senior season at Brown. He played three games each with Providence and Worcester and was -3 with no points and 6 penalty minutes. Farnham was an assistant captain for Brown, scoring 8 goals with 12 assists (both career highs) and finishing -8 with 51 penalty minutes. The Bears finished last in ECAC Hockey and lost to Quinnipiac in a three-game first round playoff series.
2012-13: Farnham signed an AHL contract with Pittsburgh’s AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after being cut by the Hamilton Bulldogs and skated in 65 AHL games with the Penguins in his first pro season. He scored 3 goals with 8 assists and was +1. Farnham was third in the AHL with 274 penalty minutes. Wilkes-Barre Scranton finished third in the AHL’s East Division and reached the Eastern Conference Finals against Syracuse. Farnham played in six playoff games and was -4 with 4 penalty minutes. He played nine ECHL games with the Wheeling Nailers; scoring 3 goals with 1 assist and finishing -2 with 46 penalty minutes. He signed a one-year, free agent contract with Pittsburgh in July of 2013.
2013-14: Farnham skated for Pittsburgh AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in his third pro season — finishing second to Penguins enforcer Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond (259 penalty minutes) with 166 penalty minutes. In 64 regular season games he scored 7 goals with 7 assists and had a minus-2 plus/minus. The Penguins finished second in the East Division and reached the Eastern Conference finals for the second straight season. Farnham dressed for 12 playoff games and was minus-3 with no points and 30 penalty minutes. He was tendered a qualifying offer by the Penguins in June 2014 and signed a one-year contract as a restricted free agent.
Farnham is a throwback energy forward who uses his body frequently and has been among the AHL leaders in penalty minutes in each of his first two pro seasons. Not as tall as the typical enforcer-type, he is tenacious and plays with the snarl necessary to fill that role. Farnham has shown the ability to chip in an occasional goal or assist but any offense is a bonus.
Farnham attended training camp with the Penguins before being returned to AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to start the 2014-15 season. Recalled in mid-season when Pittsburgh had a rash of injuries, he made his NHL debut in a December 13th game against Columbus and had a fight in his first game — the first of four majors he received in his 11-game stint with the Penguins before being returned to the AHL. Long-term Farnham's niche is that of a pesky energy player who will drop the gloves.