Noah Paul Welch (born August 26, 1982) is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and the Atlanta Thrashers. Welch completed his professional career in Europe, most notably winning two Swedish Hockey League championships with the Växjö Lakers.
Welch with the Atlanta Thrashers in 2011.
August 26, 1982|
Brighton, Massachusetts, USA
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||212 lb (96 kg; 15 st 2 lb)|
Tampa Bay Lightning
|National team||United States|
54th overall, 2001|
Welch was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, chosen 54th overall in the 2nd round. Noah was the captain of the Harvard University Hockey team, graduating in 2005. Before his college career at Harvard he played high school hockey at St. Sebastian's School in Needham, Massachusetts.
Welch made his NHL debut in the latter stages of the 2005–2006 season for the Penguins in a victory over the NY Islanders picking up his first NHL point with an assist. In his next game against the Montreal Canadiens, having replaced the suspended Eric Cairns, he suffered a nightmare start, scoring in his own net, but made amends by scoring his first NHL goal in the third period against the team he always cheered against as a child and Boston Bruins fan. In total he scored four points (one goal, three assists) in five games. He was named to the AHL 2007 All-Star game, representing the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
On February 27, 2007, Welch was traded by the Penguins to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Gary Roberts. After two seasons with the Panthers, Welch was traded along with a third round draft pick to the Tampa Bay Lightning for defenseman Steve Eminger. A short time after that, he instead signed a one-year contract with the Atlanta Thrashers.
For season 2011–12, Welch signed a one-year contract with the Swedish team HV71 in the Swedish elite league Elitserien (SEL). He scored 10 points in 51 games. In May 2012 he signed a one-year contract with the SEL team Växjö Lakers and eventually stayed three years in Växjö, helping the club capture the 2015 SEL championship, while being presented with the Stefan Liv Memorial Trophy as MVP of the SHL playoffs.
Welch returned to the Lakers for his final professional season in 2017–18. While largely affected throughout the season with injury, Welch retired after helping the Lakers claim their second Swedish Championship.
Welch decided to donate his brain to concussion research at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at the Boston University School of Medicine after his death. He has a degree in government from Harvard. In the summer of 2011, Welch married teammate Paul Postma's sister Alissa Postma.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2008–09||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||17||0||0||0||14||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honorsEdit
|All-ECAC Hockey Rookie Team||2002|
|All-ECAC Hockey Second Team||2003|
|AHCA East Second-Team All-American||2003|
|ECAC All-Conference Honorable Mention||2004|
|All-ECAC Hockey First Team||2005|
|AHCA East First-Team All-American||2005|
|Stefan Liv Memorial Trophy||2015|
|Le Mat Trophy (Växjö Lakers)||2015, 2018|||
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- "Jay Bouwmeester stays; Panthers acquire Steve Eminger from Tampa Bay". palmbeachpost.com. 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2009-03-04.
- "Thrashers sign Anthony Stewart and Noah Welch". Atlanta Thrashers. 2009-07-13. Retrieved 2009-07-13.
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- Gustavsson, Jonas (2012-05-03). "Noah Welch har skrivit på" (in Swedish). Växjö Lakers. Retrieved 2012-05-03.
- "Guldhjältens fina hyllning till Stefan Liv". jp.se. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
- "Stefan Liv Memorial Trophy-vinnare klar för Malmö Redhawks". Malmö Redhawks. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
- "Noah Welch hangs up the skates". sverigeradio.se (in Swedish). 2018-04-23. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
- "Welch to donate brain for concussion study". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 2008-12-18.
- "Molinari On The Penguins: Building the Penguins ... brains not included". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 2008-10-26.
- Atchue, A.J. (March 24, 2011). "Postma has dedicated himself to both ends of ice". NHL.com. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
his older sister, Alissa, will marry his current teammate and roommate, defenseman Noah Welch.
- "Lakers dominant in SHL title win". eurohockeyclubs.com. 22 April 2018. Retrieved 22 April 2018.