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Noah Welch
Noah Welch
Defenceman
Number: 3
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 215
Shoots: Left
Born: 26 Aug 1982
Birthplace: Brighton, MA, United States
Acquired: Signed by the Thrashers as a free agent on July 13, 2009.
Drafted: PIT / 2001 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 2nd (54th overall)

2009-10 SEASON: Appeared in only 37 regular season games with the Chicago Wolves (AHL) due to injury, posted five points (1g, 4a) and a plus-8 rating … Made his season debut on 12/18 at Rockford … Registered his first point (1a) of the season on 12/19 vs. Milwaukee … Earned a season-high four shots on goal 1/9 vs. Peoria … Tallied assists in back-to-back games from 1/10-1/13 … Scored his only goal of the season on 1/22 at Milwaukee … Recorded two assists in 14 Calder Cup Playoff games.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Appeared in 73 career NHL games with Pittsburgh, Florida and Tampa Bay, recording nine points (4g, 5a) … Tallied 64 points (17g, 47a) in 159 career AHL games with Chicago, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Rochester … 2008-09: Appeared in 40 NHL games with Florida and Tampa Bay, recording two points (1g, 1a) … Also tallied three assists in seven American Hockey League games with the Rochester Americans … Began the season in Florida, earning two points (1g, 1a) in 23 contests … Appeared in 14 games during his first stint with the Panthers from 10/11-12/4 … Scored his first goal of the season on 11/2 at ATL … Assigned to Rochester on 12/4 … Recalled by the Panthers on 12/18 … Acquired by the Tampa Bay Lightning on 3/4 … Made his Lightning debut on 3/6 vs. STL … Appeared in 17 games with Tampa Bay … 2007-08: Appeared in four games with the Florida Panthers before injuring his shoulder … 2006-07: Split the season among four teams: Pittsburgh (NHL), Florida (NHL), Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) and Rochester (AHL) … Began the season in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton where he tallied 21 points (5g, 16a) in 27 games … Recalled by Pittsburgh on 10/23 and made his season debut with the Penguins the next night on 10/24 vs. NJ … Returned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on 12/4 … Recalled by Pittsburgh for the second time on 1/11 … Appeared in four games before returning to the AHL on 1/21 … Acquired by the Florida Panthers on 2/27 … Made his season debut with Florida’s AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans, on 3/23 at Houston … Recalled by the Panthers on 4/6 and made his debut with the team that night at TB, scoring one goal … Returned to Rochester for the Calder Cup Playoffs, recording two assists in six games vs. the Hamilton Bulldogs … 2005-06: Made his professional debut, earning four points (1g, 3a) in five NHL games with Pittsburgh … Added 29 points (9g, 20a) in 77 AHL games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton … Appeared in his first pro game with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on 10/5 vs. Bridgeport … Earned his first-career NHL recall on 3/24 and made his NHL debut that night vs. NYI, recording one assist … Scored his first career NHL goal and earned his first multiple-point game (1g, 1a) on 3/26 vs. MTL … Collected points (1g, 3a) in his first three NHL games … Appeared in 11 post-season games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, scoring one goal.

AMATEUR CAREER: Registered 76 points (23g, 53a) in 129 games with Harvard University (ECAC) from 2001 to 2005 … 2004-05: Appeared in 34 games with the Crimson, posting 18 points (6g, 12a) … Named to the NCAA First All-American Team and the ECAC First All-Star Team … Ranked second among Crimson defensemen in points, goals and assists … 2003-04: As a junior, recorded 19 points (6g, 13a) in 34 games … Led all Harvard defensemen in points, goals and assists … 2002-03: Set career highs in points (28) and assists (22) in 34 games … Scored six goals … Led all team defensemen in points, goals and assists … 2001-02: Recorded 11 points (5g, 6a) in 27 games as a freshman.

PERSONAL: Resides in Boston during the off-season ... Lists his most memorable hockey moment as assisting on John LeClair’s 400th NHL goal ... His cousin, Mike Welch, pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies during the 1998 season ... Lists Ray Bourque as his favorite player growing up.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Pittsburgh in the second round, 54th overall, of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft … Acquired by Florida from Pittsburgh for Gary Roberts on Feb. 27, 2007 … Acquired by Tampa Bay from Florida with a third-round selection (later traded to Detroit – Detroit selected Andrej Nestrasil) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft for Steve Eminger on March 4, 2009 … Signed by the Thrashers as a free agent on July 13, 2009.

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