Braydon Coburn

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Braydon Coburn
Braydon Coburn 2011-12-29.JPG
Born (1985-02-27) February 27, 1985 (age 29)
Calgary, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight 226 lb (103 kg; 16 st 2 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Philadelphia Flyers
Atlanta Thrashers
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 8th overall, 2003
Atlanta Thrashers
Playing career 2005–present

Braydon Coburn (born February 27, 1985) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who plays for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Coburn was born in Calgary, Alberta but grew up in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan where he played most of his minor hockey. After his Bantam season in 1999-2000, Coburn was selected 1st overall in the WHL Bantam Draft by the Portland Winterhawks. The following season, Coburn played Midget AAA hockey for the Notre Dame, SK Hounds of the Saskatchewan Midget Hockey League.

Coburn played major junior hockey with the Portland Winter Hawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He was awarded the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year for the 2001–02 season. Although his points total dipped from 37 points to 19 the following year, he remained a top prospect and was drafted 8th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers.

Upon being drafted, he returned to the WHL for two more seasons and was awarded the Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy in 2004 as humanitarian of the year. On February 4, 2005, Coburn tied a WHL record for most goals by a defenceman in a game with 4 against the Seattle Thunderbirds in a 7-4 win.[1] He completed his final year with the Winter Hawks in 2004–05 with a junior career-high 44 points.

During Coburn's time in the WHL, he also competed in two World Junior Championships for Team Canada, winning silver in 2004 and gold in 2005. He played a role in the outcome of the 2004 tournament; with the gold medal game between Canada and the United States tied at 3-3 and less than five minutes left to play in regulation, Canadian goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury tried to clear the puck to avert a breakaway by Team USA's Patrick O'Sullivan. However, Fleury's clearing attempt went off Coburn and into his own net, giving the Americans a 4-3 advantage that eventually won them the game and the gold medal.[2]

Warming up before a game in 2010.

After several years in the Thrashers organization, splitting time between the NHL and the Thrashers' minor league affiliate, the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League (AHL), he was dealt on February 24, 2007, at the trade deadline, to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenceman Alexei Zhitnik. The trade is often considered one of the more lopsided trades in recent NHL history, as Coburn went on to become one of the Flyers top defenders while Zhitnik was considered a huge disappointment with the Thrashers and was eventually bought out. The following season, in 2007–08, Coburn emerged with a 9-goal, 36-point season with Philadelphia. In the midst of the Flyers' 2008 playoff run, Coburn was injured on May 11, 2008, two minutes into game 2 of the Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins when a deflected puck hit him above the eye. The resulting gash required 50 stitches to be closed; Coburn did not return for the rest of the series.[citation needed]

On July 1, 2010, Coburn signed a two-year contract extension with the Flyers.[3]

Philadelphia extended Coburn on November 9, 2011, at a rate of $18 million over 4 years ($4.5 million annual cap hit).[4]

Awards[edit]

Records[edit]

  • WHL record for most goals in one game by a defenceman - 4 (on February 4, 2005, against the Seattle Thunderbirds; tied with 5 other players)

Transactions[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 2 0 1 1 0 14 0 4 4 2
2001–02 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 68 4 33 37 100 7 1 1 2 9
2002–03 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 53 3 16 19 147 7 0 1 1 8
2003–04 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 55 10 20 30 92 5 0 1 1 10
2004–05 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 60 12 32 44 144 7 1 5 6 6
2004–05 Chicago Wolves AHL 3 0 1 1 5 18 0 1 1 36
2005–06 Chicago Wolves AHL 73 6 20 26 136
2005–06 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 9 0 1 1 4
2006–07 Chicago Wolves AHL 15 1 10 11 36
2006–07 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 29 0 4 4 30
2006–07 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 20 3 4 7 16
2007–08 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 78 9 27 36 74 14 0 6 6 14
2008–09 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 7 21 28 97 6 0 3 3 7
2009–10 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 81 5 14 19 54 23 1 3 4 22
2010–11 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 2 14 16 53 11 1 2 3 6
2011–12 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 81 4 20 24 56 11 0 4 4 8
2012–13 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 33 1 4 5 41
2013–14 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 5 12 17 63
NHL totals 575 36 121 157 488 65 2 18 20 57
WHL totals 238 29 102 131 483 40 2 12 14 35
AHL totals 91 7 31 38 77 18 0 1 1 36

International[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for Canada Canada
Men's ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 2005 Grand Forks Ice hockey
Silver 2004 Helsinki Ice hockey
Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
2002 Canada 8N 5 1 2 3 4
2003 Canada WJ18 7 0 0 0 12
2004 Canada WJC 6 2 1 3 2
2005 Canada WJC 6 0 2 2 8
2009 Canada WC 5 0 1 1 4
Junior int'l totals 24 3 5 8 26
Senior int'l totals 5 0 1 1 4

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Scottie Upshall
Winner of the WHL Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy
2002
Succeeded by
Matt Ellison
Preceded by
Jim Slater
Atlanta Thrashers first round draft pick
2003
Succeeded by
Boris Valabik
Preceded by
Ryan Craig
Winner of the WHL Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy
2004
Succeeded by
Colin Fraser