San Jose Sharks
San Jose Sharks
Justin Braun
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 2"
BIRTHDATE: 02/10/1987
AGE: 28
BIRTHPLACE: Minneapolis, MN, USA
DRAFTED: SJS: 2007-201 overall
2013-14: 2nd on the team in time on ice per game (20:59)…Set a career high for goals scored (4), assists (13) and points (17)…Was one of four Sharks to play in all 82 games…Scored a goal on March 6 vs. Pittsburgh…Recorded two assists on Dec. 17 at St. Louis…Tied a franchise record with eight blocked shots on Nov. 29 vs. St. Louis…Tied a career high in points (2) and assists (2) in a game and set a career high with a plus-4 rating on Nov. 21 vs. Tampa Bay…Notched his second goal of the season on Oct. 8 vs. the NY Rangers…Scored his first goal of the season, his first career game-winning goal, on Oct. 3 vs. Vancouver...Playoffs: Scored the gamewinning goal, his first career playoff goal, and had a team-high (tied) plus-3 rating in Game 2 of the WCFR vs. Los Angeles on April 20…Had a team-high plus-2 rating in Game 1 vs. Los Angles on April 17.

2012-13: 6th on the team in blocked shots (51) and shorthanded time on ice per game (1:32)…Committed only three minor penalties (6 PIM) while averaging 18:48 of ice time per game on the season…Tied career-high with two points (0-2=2) on April 7 vs. Dallas…Had an assist in backto- back games (0-2=2) on March 9-10, including the primary assist on Patrick Marleau’s 400th career NHL goal on March 10 at Colorado…During the work stoppage, he played for Tappara in Finland, where he was teammates with Sharks alum Ville Nieminen…Playoffs: Averaged 19:37 of ice time per game, 3rd amongst Sharks defensemen…4th on the team in blocked shots (21)…Recorded his first career Stanley Cup Playoff point with an assist in Game 3 of the WCQF vs. Vancouver…

2011-12: 4th amongst team defensemen in shots (113)… Posted his first NHL fighting major on Jan. 31 vs. Columbus (Fedor Tyutin)…Scored his first goal of the season on Dec. 11 at Chicago…Registered first point of the season with an assist vs. Minnesota on Nov. 10… Playoffs: Appeared in all five games…World Ch.: Represented USA for the first time and appeared in eight games, advancing to the quarterfinal…

2010-11: Scored a power play goal on March 8 vs. Nashville…Scored his first NHL goal, on the power play, on Dec. 2 at Ottawa (Pascal Leclaire)…Posted his first two career points, both assists, in logging 22:48 of ice time in his second game at Edmonton on Nov. 27…Made his NHL debut on Nov. 26 at Vancouver… Recalled from Worcester on Nov. 24… Playoffs: Made NHL playoff debut on April 16 at Los Angeles…

2009-10: Registered three assists in his first professional game with Worcester (AHL) on April 7 at Hartford…Signed an entry-level contract with the Sharks on March 24…Playoffs: Posted three assists…NCAA: Earned the following distinctions: USCHO First Team All-American, Reebok All-America Second Team, 2010 Hockey East Old Time Hockey Defensive Defenseman (given to the top defenseman in the conference), First Team All-League Defenseman and named to the New England Hockey Writer’s All-Star Team…Named Hockey East Player of the Week and Inside College Hockey NCAA Player of the Week from March 1-7…Named one of the team captains…Finished 3rd on the team in points and 2nd in assists… Finished 2nd in defensemen scoring in Hockey East and 6th in the nation…Appeared in a UMass record 150 games and set career highs in goals, assists and points in his senior season…

2008-09: Finished 5th on the team in points, assists and shots….Finished 3rd on the team in PIM and T-6th in goals…

2007-08: T-8th among Hockey East defensemen and 2nd amongst team defensemen in points…5th on team in assists and 2nd among team defensemen in goals…

2006-07: T-2nd amongst all Hockey East freshmen defensemen in points…T-15th among all HE defensemen and T-11th among all HE freshmen in points…Named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team… 2005-06: 3rd amongst team defensemen in points…T-4th on team in PIM…2004-05: Posted 10 shots in 10 games.

PERSONAL: “Brutal” lists these favorites: Steak (food); Paddle boarding (offseason activity); Golf (sport besides hockey); Peyton Manning (athlete); Wedding Crashers (movie); Hard Knocks (TV show); Kelly’s Corner (restaurant); Nicklas Lidstrom (hockey idol); Scoring his first NHL goal (hockey moment); Nashville (road city); Detroit Red Wings (non-Sharks jersey)…Has the hidden talent of being a top-notch ping pong player… His first job was a pizza chef…Would be an air traffic controller if he wasn’t playing hockey professionally… If faced with the situation of fighting one horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses, he would want to fight 100 duck-sized horses…Names Johnny Depp as the actor who would star in a movie about his life…Couldn’t live without his phone…Biggest influence on his hockey career was his parents…Says Tim Jackman is the hardest hitter in the NHL (“He got me big one time”)…Says fellow defenseman Matt Irwin is the best under pressure and best to double date with…In his hometown of Vadnais Heights, MN he likes to hang out at Kelly’s Bar and enjoys the lakes in the surrounding area.