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Noah Welch
Noahwelch
Position Defense
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
212 lb (96 kg)
NHL Team (P)
Cur. Team
F. Teams
Winnipeg Jets
HV71 (SEL)
Pittsburgh Penguins
Florida Panthers
Tampa Bay Lightning
Atlanta Thrashers
Born August 26 1982 (1982-08-26) (age 34),
Brighton, MA, USA
NHL Draft 54th overall, 2001
Pittsburgh Penguins
Pro Career 2005 – present


Noah Paul Welch (born August 26, 1982) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman who currently plays for HV71 in the Swedish elite league Elitserien[1] while under contract to the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing careerEdit

Welch was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, chosen 54th overall in the 2nd round. Noah was the captain of the Harvard University Hockey team, graduating in 2005. Before his college career at Harvard he played high school hockey at St. Sebastian's School in Needham, Massachusetts.

Welch made his NHL debut in the latter stages of the 2005–2006 season for the Penguins in a victory over the NY Islanders picking up his first NHL point with an assist. In his next game against the Montreal Canadiens, having replaced the suspended Eric Cairns, he suffered a nightmare start, scoring in his own net, but made amends by scoring his first NHL goal in the third period against the team he always cheered against as a child and Boston Bruins fan. In total he scored four points (one goal, three assists) in five games. He was named to the AHL 2007 All-Star game, representing the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

On February 27, 2007, Welch was traded by the Penguins to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Gary Roberts. After two seasons with the Panthers, Welch was traded along with a third round draft pick to the Tampa Bay Lightning for defenceman Steve Eminger.[2] A short time after that, he instead signed a one-year contract with the Atlanta Thrashers.[3]

For season 2011–12, Welch signed a one-year contract with the Swedish team HV71 in the Swedish elite league Elitserien.[1]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 Harvard University ECAC 27 5 6 11 56
2002–03 Harvard University ECAC 34 6 22 28 70
2003–04 Harvard University ECAC 34 6 13 19 58
2004–05 Harvard University ECAC 34 6 12 18 86
2005–06 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 77 9 20 29 99 11 1 0 1 18
2005–06 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 5 1 3 4 2
2006–07 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 27 5 16 21 24
2006–07 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 22 1 1 2 22
2006–07 Florida Panthers NHL 2 1 0 1 2
2006–07 Rochester Americans AHL 11 2 4 6 21 6 0 2 2 12
2007–08 Florida Panthers NHL 4 0 0 0 7
2008–09 Florida Panthers NHL 23 1 1 2 11
2008–09 Rochester Americans AHL 7 0 3 3 10
2008–09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 17 0 0 0 14
2009–10 Chicago Wolves AHL 37 1 4 5 33 14 0 2 2 10
2010–11 Chicago Wolves AHL 50 2 11 13 65
2010–11 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 2 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 75 4 5 9 58

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
College
ECAC All-Rookie Team 2002
ECAC All-Conference Honorable Mention 2004
ECAC First All-Star Team 2005
East First All-American Team 2005

Personal life Edit

Welch decided to donate his brain to concussion research at The Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at the Boston University School of Medicine after his death.[4] He has a degree in government from Harvard.[5] In the summer of 2011, Welch married teammate Paul Postma's sister Alissa Postma.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Wengel, Daniel (2011-07-01). Storväxt amerikansk back klar för HV71 (Swedish). HV71.se. HV71. Archived from the original on August 10 2011. Retrieved on 2011-08-08.
  2. Jay Bouwmeester stays; Panthers acquire Steve Eminger from Tampa Bay. palmbeachpost.com (2009-03-04). Retrieved on 2009-03-04.
  3. Thrashers sign Anthony Stewart and Noah Welch. Atlanta Thrashers (2009-07-13). Retrieved on 2009-07-13.
  4. Welch to donate brain for concussion study. Edmonton Journal. Retrieved on 2008-12-18.
  5. "Molinari On The Penguins: Building the Penguins ... brains not included", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2008-10-26. 

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