Braydon Coburn

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Braydon Coburn
Braydon Coburn 2011-12-29.JPG
Born (1985-02-27) February 27, 1985 (age 30)
Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, 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
Tampa Bay Lightning
Atlanta Thrashers
Philadelphia Flyers
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 currently playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL). Coburn was originally selected in the first round, eighth overall, by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, beginning his NHL career with the organization before moving to the Philadelphia Flyers and Lightning.

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 first overall in the WHL Bantam Draft by the Portland Winter Hawks. The following season, Coburn played Midget AAA hockey for the Notre Dame Hounds of the Saskatchewan Midget Hockey League.

Coburn played major junior hockey with the WHL's Winter Hawks. He was awarded the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year for the 2001–02 season, and although his points total dipped from 37 points to 19 the following year, he remained a top NHL prospect, subsequently being selected eighth overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers.

After his draft, Coburn returned to the WHL for two more seasons and was eventually awarded with the Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy after the 2003–04 season as Humanitarian of the Year. On February 4, 2005, Coburn tied a WHL record for most goals by a defenceman in a game with four 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 Canada, winning silver in 2004 and gold in 2005. He later played an unfortunate role in the outcome of the 2004 tournament — with the gold medal game between Canada and the United States tied at 3–3 with less than five minutes left to play in regulation, Canadian goaltender Marc-André Fleury tried to clear the puck to avert a breakaway by the 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 both the game and the gold medal.[2]

Professional[edit]

Warming up before a game in 2010.

After several years in the Thrashers organization, whereupon Coburn split his 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 NHL 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 eight-goal, 36-point season with Philadelphia. In the midst of the Flyers' 2008 Stanley Cup playoff run, Coburn was injured on May 11, 2008, two minutes into Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins when a deflected puck hit him above the eye. The resulting gash required 50 stitches to be closed, and 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 later extended Coburn on November 9, 2011, at a rate of $18 million over four years, an $4.5 million annual cap hit.[4]

Approaching the 2014–15 trade deadline, with the Flyers on the outside of a 2015 playoff position, Coburn was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defenceman Radko Gudas and a first- and third-round selection in 2015 NHL Entry Draft on March 2, 2015.[5]

Records[edit]

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

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 7 0 3 3 4
2014–15 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 39 1 8 9 16
2014–15 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 4 0 2 2 9 26 1 3 4 21
NHL totals 618 37 131 168 513 98 3 24 27 82

International[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for Canada Canada
Men's ice hockey
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2009 Bern
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2005 Grand Forks
Silver medal – second place 2004 Helsinki
World U18 Championships
Gold medal – first place 2003 Yaroslavl
Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2001 Canada Western U17 5th 6 0 0 0 2
2002 Canada Western U17 5th 5 0 7 7 0
2003 Canada WJC18 1st 7 0 0 0 12
2004 Canada WJC 2nd 6 2 1 3 2
2005 Canada WJC 1st 6 0 2 2 8
2009 Canada WC 2nd 5 0 1 1 4
2014 Canada WC 5th 8 0 0 0 8
Junior totals 30 2 10 12 24
Senior totals 13 0 1 1 12

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
WHL
Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy 2002
Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy 2004
West First All-Star Team 2004, 2005

Transactions[edit]

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