01 June 2010

Alumni Spotlight: Braydon Coburn

Braydon  Coburn. (Photo: Ross Dettman)

Former Wolves defenseman Braydon Coburn is now a member of the Philadelphia Flyers, currently battling the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals. 

Braydon Coburn. (Photo: Ross Dettman)

Former Wolves defenseman Braydon Coburn is now a member of the Philadelphia Flyers, currently battling the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals. Coburn, who played in 91 regular-season games for the Wolves, spanning three seasons (2004-2007), has been a mainstay on the Flyers’ blueline since 2007.


Coburn was selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in the first round, eighth overall, in the 2003 National Hockey League Entry Draft and assigned to Chicago at the conclusion of his Western Hockey League season with the Portland Winter Hawks in 2005. He played in three regular-season games for the Wolves before appearing in 18 postseason matchups, helping the team advance to the 2005 Calder Cup Finals, where they were defeated by a Philadelphia Phantoms squad that featured a number of his current teammates.

Overall, Coburn registered 38 points (7G, 31A) and 177 penalty minutes in 91 regular-season games for the Wolves.

The now 25-year-old defenseman made his NHL debut with the Thrashers on Oct. 5, 2005, at Florida, and recorded his first NHL point with an assist against Washington on Oct. 8. He went on to appear in 38 games with the Thrashers from 2005 to 2007, tallying five assists and 34 penalty minutes.

On February 24, 2007, Coburn was traded to the Flyers in exchange for defenseman Alexei Zhitnik. From then on, the 6-foot-5-inch, 220 lbs. defenseman has remained on the Philadelphia blueline, playing in 259 regular-season games, accruing 90 points (24G, 66A) and 241 penalty minutes. Entering the Finals, Coburn had also appeared in 37 Stanley Cup playoff tilts, notching 12 points (G, 11A) and 39 penalty minutes.

His time with the Flyers has been highlighted by a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2008, playing in the 2010 Winter Classic at Fenway Park, and advancing to the current 2010 Stanley Cup Finals. To follow along with the Wolves alum, click here.

 

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