March 27, 2007
Raleigh, N.C. – Notre Dame defenseman Noah Babin (Sr., Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) has been signed by the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Carolina Hurricanes to a two-year contract that will begin with the 2007-08 season. Babin will play the remainder of the season with Carolina’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Albany River Rats and is expected to be in the lineup on Wednesday night when Albany plays host to the Syracuse Crunch.
In making the announcement, Jason Karmanos, the Hurricanes vice-president and general manager said, “Noah has exceptional skating ability, which is extremely important in the game today. That, combined with his strong work ethic, gives him a solid foundation to start his pro career.”
Babin was one of the key members of a Notre Dame defense that led the nation in defense this past season, giving up just 1.63 goals per game on the way to a 32-7-3 final record. The Irish won their first-ever regular-season and CCHA championships in 2006-07 and advanced to the NCAA tournament as a number one seed in the Midwest Regional. They saw their season come to an end on March 24, when the Irish dropped a 2-1 decision to Michigan State on March 24.
One of three senior defensemen, Babin led Notre Dame in scoring from the blueline with two goals and 20 assists for 22 points and was a +10 on the year. His 20 assists and 22 points were career highs for the 6-0, 190-pound defenseman. He was an honorable mention selection to the all-CCHA team in 2006-07. In 146 career games, Babin scored 10 goals and added 39 assists for 49 points and collected 53 penalties for 106 minutes.
Albany is currently fifth in the AHL’s East Division with a 32-31-3-3- record and two points behind fourth-place Bridgeport in the race for the final spot in the Eastern Division playoffs.
Babin will graduate from Notre Dame in May with a degree in finance from the Mendoza College of Business.