Braden Birch
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 3"
BIRTHDATE: 09/25/1989
DRAFTED: CHI: 2008-179 overall
-Slated to attend Cornell University in the fall … Helped the Oakville Blades reach the Ontario Junior Hockey League Finals … Paced team defensemen with seven goals and ranked third with 25 points in 35 regular-season games with the Blades … Recorded 13 of his 25 points (5G, 8A) on the power play … Tallied multiple points four times, which includes a career high four points (G, 3A) on Feb. 7 against Milton … Accrued 46 penalty minutes … Led club blueliners with four goals and shared third with 10 points in 27 postseason tilts

2011-12: Tallied seven points (G, 6A) in 32 games with the ECAC’s Cornell University … Tied a collegiate career-high six assists … Registered 22 penalty minutes … Shared 10th among league defensemen with a collegiate career-high +11 plus/minus rating ... Netted a goal on Jan. 28 at Colgate … Notched 31 shots on goal … Posted two multi-assist games … Finalist for the ECAC Hockey’s Best Defensive Defenseman Award … Honored with the Cornell Hockey Association Award.

2010-11: Posted collegiate career highs in nearly every category with two goals, six assists and eight points in 30 games with Cornell … Ranked ninth among league defensemen with a collegiate career-high 46 PIM … Netted his first collegiate goal on Nov. 12 vs. Quinnipiac … Tallied his first multi-point (2A) game on Oct. 21 vs. Trois-Rivieres.

2009-10: Registered two assists and 10 PIM in 32 games during his collegiate debut … Posted his first collegiate point with an assist on Nov. 6 vs. Dartmouth … Made his collegiate debut on Oct. 23 vs. Windsor.

2009-08: Tallied junior career highs in almost every statistical category … Paced all defensemen with seven goals in 35 regular-season games with the Oakville Blades of the Ontario Junior Hockey League … Ranked third among team blueliners with 18 assists and 25 points … Recorded 46 penalty minutes … Helped the Blades reach the OJHL finals … Paced club defensemen with four goals in 27 postseason appearances … Posted six assists and 10 points … Registered 20 PIM.

2007-08: Recorded five points (G, 4A) and six PIM in 13 games played during his junior debut with the Blades … Tallied two assists and four PIM in 19 postseason games … Notched his first playoff point with an assist on March 26 vs. Aurora.

International Career

Earned a bronze medal at the 2008 World Junior A Challenge while serving as an assistant captain for Team Canada East.