San Jose Sharks
San Jose Sharks
Justin Braun
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 2"
BIRTHDATE: 02/10/1987
AGE: 27
BIRTHPLACE: Minneapolis, MN, USA
DRAFTED: SJS: 2007-201 overall
2011-12: 4th amongst team defensemen in shots (113)…His assist on March 26 vs. Colorado matched his season output in points and assists from his rookie season…Assisted on Havlat’s GW goal March 17 vs. Detroit…Posted a goal and an assist on Feb. 10 vs. Chicago…Posted his first NHL fighting major on Jan. 31 vs. Columbus…Scored his first goal of the season on Dec. 11 at Chicago…Recorded an assist and was a +2 vs. Dallas on Dec. 8…Recalled from Worcester on Dec. 6…Assigned to Worcester (AHL) on Nov. 29…Registered first point of the season with an assist vs. Minnesota on Nov. 10…Recalled from Worcester on Oct. 22 and appeared in the game that night at Boston…Had one assist and a +2 plus/minus rating in three games with Worcester this season...Playoffs: Appeared in all five games...World Ch.: Represented USA for the first time and appeared in eight games, making it to the quarterfinal.

CAREER 2010-11: Scored a power play goal on March 8 vs. Nashville…Recalled from Worcester on Feb. 19…Reassigned to Worcester on Jan. 18…Recalled from Worcester on Jan. 11…Reassigned to Worcester on Dec. 29...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: AHL: Registered three assists in his first professional game 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 third on the team in points and second in assists…Finished second in defenseman scoring in Hockey East and sixth 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 fifth on the team in points, assists and shots….Finished third on the team in PIM and T-6th in goals.

2007-08: T-8th among Hockey East defensemen and second amongst team defensemen in points...Fifth on team in assists and second among team defensemen in goals.

2006-07: Tied for second among all Hockey East freshmen defensemen in points...T-15th among all HE defensemen and tied for 11th among all HE freshmen in points...Named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team.

2005-06: Third among team defensemen in points...T-4th on team in PIM.

2004-05: Posted 10 shots in 10 games.

PERSONAL: “Wounded Giraffe”, “McBrutal”, and “McIcing” lists these favorites: Steak (food); Ping pong (sport besides hockey); First NHL goal against Ottawa (hockey moment); Nashville (NHL road city); Slap Shot (hockey movie); Family Guy (TV show); Patrick Swayze (actor); Tiga (musician); Refuses to eat blue cheese…Would be a bartender if he wasn’t playing in the NHL…If he could have dinner with anyone in history it would be Ronald Reagan…His hockey idol is Nicklas Lidstrom…Biggest influence on his hockey career were his college coaches at the University of Massachusetts…Piece of equipment he gives the most attention to are his sticks…Thinks Joe Thornton is the most exciting player to watch in the NHL…Thinks Patrick Marleau is the fastest skater in the NHL…Thinks Tim Jackman is the hardest hitter in the NHL (“he lit me up”)…Thinks Martin Havlat is the best dressed teammate…Thinks Dan Boyle is the best San Jose Sharks player under pressure…Thinks Andrew Desjardins has the best car on the team (“Nothing beats a ’94 Ford Bronco”).