|Born||February 27, 1985 |
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
|Height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight||226 lb (103 kg; 16 st 2 lb)|
|NHL Draft||8th overall, 2003|
Braydon Coburn (born on February 27, 1985) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Playing Career[edit | edit source]
Braydon was raised in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, Canada where he played minor hockey.
After his Bantam season in 1999-2000, he was selected 1st overall in the WHL Bantam Draft by the Portland Winterhawks.
The following season, Braydon played Midget AAA hockey for the Notre Dame, SK Hounds of the Saskatchewan Midget Hockey League.
He played major junior hockey with the Portland Winter Hawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL) and 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, Braydon 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, Braydon tied a WHL record for most goals by a defenceman in a game with 4 against the Seattle Thunderbirds in a 7-4 win.
He completed his final year with the Winter Hawks in 2004–05 with a junior career- high 44 points.
On February 24, 2007, Braydon was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for Alexei Zhitnik.
The trade is often considered one of the more lopsided trades in recent NHL history as he 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, Braydon emerged with a 9-goal, 36-point season with Philadelphia.
On May 11, 2008 (in the midst of the Flyers' 2008 playoff run), he was injured 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 and Braydon didn't return for the rest of the series.
On July 1, 2010, he signed a two-year contract extension with the Flyers.
On November 9, 2011, the Flyers extended Braydon at a rate of $18 million over four years ($4.5 million annual cap hit).
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.
On February 26, 2016, Tampa Bay signed Coburn to a three-year, $11.1 million contract extension. On October 15, 2016, Coburn skated in his 700th career NHL game, a 3–2 Lightning win over the visiting New Jersey Devils. On June 18, 2019, Tampa Bay extended Coburn’s contract for an additional 2 years at $3.4 million.
Career Statistics[edit | edit source]
|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|
International Statistics[edit | edit source]
|Junior int'l totals||24||3||5||8||26|
|Senior int'l totals||5||0||1||1||4|
International Play[edit | edit source]
|Competitor for Canada|
|Men's ice hockey|
|World Junior Championships|
|Gold||2005 Grand Forks||Ice hockey|
|Silver||2004 Helsinki||Ice hockey|
During Braydon's time in the WHL, he 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 Braydon and into his own net, giving the Americans a 4-3 advantage that eventually won them the game and the gold medal.
Awards & Achievements[edit | edit source]
- 2002: WHL Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy
- 2004: WHL Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy
- 2004: WHL West First All-Star Team
- 2005: WHL West First All-Star Team
Records[edit | edit source]
- 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)