#3 Brett Blatchford
Four-time monogram winner for the Irish on defense … winner of Notre Dame[apos]s Charles’Lefty’Smith Coaches Award following 2009-10 season … the award is pre- sented to the unsung hero of the hockey program, a player who is unheralded, has overcome adversity and shows loyalty and commitment to his teammates, Notre Dame hockey and the University of Notre Dame … strong skater who quarterbacked Irish power play over four seasons … had career highs in goals (4), power-play goals (2) and short-handed goals (1) in his senior year … played 153 career games, scoring six goals with 67 assists for 73 points … was signed by the Chicago Wolves (AHL) following his senior season and then joined the Idaho Steelheads (ECHL) for the play- offs … signed with the Toledo Walleyes (ECHL) for the 2010-11 season.
AS A SENIOR: Played in all 38 games in his final year … tied for fifth in scoring with 19 points (4g, 15a) … added two power-play goals and one short-handed tally … third on team in assists (15) and tied for second among defensemen in scoring … had a career-high 12 penalties for 43 minutes … had four multi-point games during the season … scored first goal of the season in 3-1 win over Alabama-Huntsville (Oct. 10) … goal was his first in 99 games going back to Jan. 20, 2007, during his freshman year … picked up two assists in 4-4 tie with Bowling Green (Nov. 28) … had points in eight straight games from Dec. 13 through Jan. 22, collecting 11 assists in that span (including three games with two assists) … scored second power-play goal of the year in 5-3 loss to Nebraska-Omaha (Jan. 29) … third goal of the year came in 4-1 loss at Western Michigan (Feb. 6) … scored first career short-handed goal on Senior Night in 5-3 win over Michigan … went scoreless in two postseason games.
AS A JUNIOR: Played in all 40 games with no goals and 25 assists to rank second among Irish defensemen in scoring with 25 points … whistled off the ice 10 times for a total of 28 minutes in penalties … was +12 on the season to tie for third overall and third among defense- men … turned in six games with two or more assists … held to just one point in first five games before turning in back-to-back, two-assist games at Northern Michigan (Oct. 31-Nov. 1) … closed out three-game point streak with an assist in 4-1 win at Boston College … picked up three assists in tie and win at home versus Lake Superior (Nov. 14-15) … equaled career high three-point and three-assist game in 9-1 win at Bowling Green (Nov. 22) … closed streak with an assist in 4-1 win over Western Michigan … closed the first half with two assists in 4-3 win over Bowling Green (Dec. 13) … turned in back-to-back assist games in weekend sweep of Northern Michigan (Feb. 13-14) … had a pair of assists in 5-2 win over Michigan … set up Billy Maday goal that cut Wolverines lead to 2-1 in second period … added a sec- ond helper on Calle Ridderwall[apos]s game-tying goal at 1:15 of the third period … had a season-best +3 for the game … closed the season with an assist on Dan Kissel[apos]s goal in NCAA Tournament loss to Bemidji State … in five postseason games had three assists.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in 45 games with no goals and 12 assists for 12 points to finish fourth among Irish defensemen in scoring … had seven pen- alties for 14 minutes … was -2 for the year … got the season off to a fast start with assists in four of the team[apos]s first five games … had assists in each game of the Lefty McFadden Invitational … ran scoring streak to three games with an assist on Garrett Regan[apos]s power- play goal in 4-3 win over Denver in home opener … assisted on an Evan Rankin goal in 3-2 win at Ferris State (Oct. 19) … picked up fourth power-play assist on a Rankin power-play marker in 4-1 win over Lake Superior State (Nov. 2) … selected to the all-tourna- ment team at the Rensselaer Holiday Tournament … had five shots on goal and was +1 as the Irish won the tournament for the first time … had a three-game point streak (0g, 3a) from Nov. 30 through Dec. 1 … had a strong series at Princeton with one assist in 4-2 win on Dec. 7 and was +4 in the weekend sweep … set up Ryan Thang[apos]s game-tying goal with 38 seconds left in 1-1 tie with Michigan State (Jan. 13) … picked up one assist in the CCHA playoffs against Ferris State and added his 12th assist of the year in the 7-3 victory over New Hampshire in the NCAA West Regional … played in nine postseason games with two assists.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in 30 games in his rookie season, scoring twice with 15 assists for 17 points … had one game-winning goal … had eight penalties for 16 minutes … recorded 29 shots on goal … was +9 on the year … picked up a point in his first col- legiate game, assisting on a Kevin Deeth power-play goal in 3-2 loss at Minnesota State on Oct. 14 … recorded second assist of the year in 4-2 win at Ohio State on Nov. 3 … scored first collegiate goal at 9:44 of the third period to snap a 1-1 tie and on the way to a 3-1 home win versus Alaska on Dec. 2 … that started him on a four-game point streak (1g, 5a) … picked up an assist in 6-2 Irish win over Alaska (Dec. 3) … had career- high three-point and three-assist game in 7-3 win over Michigan (Dec. 8) … closed streak with one assist in 4-3 win over the Wolverines at home on Dec. 10 … added second multiple-point game with two assists in 6-2 win at Robert Morris … scored second goal in second period of 3-0 win at Western Michigan (Jan. 20) … closed the season on a three-game point streak with assists versus Michigan, Alabama-Huntsville and Michigan State … in four postseason games had three assists for three points.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from St. Francis de Sales High School in Toledo, Ohio … spent three seasons with the North American Hockey League[apos]s (NAHL) Texas Tornado … led all NAHL defensemen in scoring in 2005-06 with three goals and 46 assists for 49 points in 54 games … his 46 assists were third-best in the league as he helped lead Texas to first place with a 42-12-4 record … in 13 postseason games, added two goals and five assists … was a member of three con- secutive Robertson Cup champions as the top Junior A team in the country … was named first team all-NAHL and received the NAHL academic achievement award following the season … selected to the all-tournament team at the 2005 Chowder Cup Tournament … in `04- [apos]05, collected four goals with 21 assists for 25 points … added three goals and eight assists in 12 playoff games, including setting up the game-winning goal in the national championship game … played in two NAHL all-star games in `05 and `06 … had one goal and six assists in his rookie year (`04-[apos]05) … finished career as Texas Tornado[apos]s all-time assist leader (90) … full name is Brett Michael Blatchford … has one brother … son of John and Denise Blatchford … born June 5, 1986 in Toledo, Ohio … graduated from Notre Dame with degrees in Psychology and Sociology from the College of Arts and Letters.
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