#6 Noah Babin
One of three senior defensemen on the Notre Dame roster in 2006-07 … along with Wes O’Neill and Tom Sawatske, gives the Irish a veteran group on the blue line … continues to develop as a top-flight collegiate defenseman … quick, mobile defenseman with good speed and stickhandling skills … blessed with excellent hockey instincts … moves the puck well and knows when to join the play in his offensive zone … earned third monogram at Notre Dame as a junior, collecting three goals and career highs in assists (12) and points (15) … in 104 career games, has eight goals and 19 assists for 27 points … came to Notre Dame with international hockey experience after playing for USA Hockey’s National Team Developmental Program and a year in the United States Hockey League (USHL) with the Green Bay Gamblers … was a teammate of former Irish right wing Tim Wallace and fellow senior defenseman Tom Sawatske with the USA Under-17 and 18 teams (2000-02) … spent the 2002-03 season with current Irish teammates Wes O’Neill and Dan VeNard as members of the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers … one of six players on the current Notre Dame roster (16 overall) – joining fellow seniors Tom Sawatske, Michael Bartlett and Josh Sciba, sophomore Jordan Pearce and freshman Kyle Lawson – to play for the National Developmental Program … one of four former Green Bay Gamblers on the Notre Dame roster joining O’Neill, VeNard and freshman Kevin Deeth … one of 19 Irish players to play in the USHL … member of eight-man recruiting class that featured five forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender … signed national letter-of-intent in November of 2002 along with goaltender David Brown, O’Neill and forwards Jason Paige and Josh Sciba … is the first Notre Dame hockey player from the state of Florida.
AS A JUNIOR: Played in 35 of Notre Dame’s 36 games during `05-’06 campaign … was seventh in scoring – second among Irish defensemen – with three goals and 12 assists for 15 points … all three goals came via the power play … had 10 penalties for 20 minutes … led the defensemen with 66 shots on goal while tying for fifth on the squad … was -3 on the year … scored first goal of the season in 6-3 loss on Oct. 22 at Denver … had first two-assist game of career in 9-4 win over Bowling Green on Nov. 10 … added an assist in second game of series versus Falcons for three assists on the weekend … earned CCHA defenseman of the week honors for the week ending Nov. 13 … had assists in each game of weekend series versus Ohio State (Nov. 25-26) … had career-high three-point game (1g, 2a) in 4-3 win over Lake Superior State (Dec. 18) … second goal of season came at Miami in 3-2 loss to RedHawks on Jan. 14 … ran point streak to three games with assists in back-to-back games at Northern Michigan (Jan. 20-21) … held to just two assists over the final 12 games versus Ferris State (Feb. 10) and Alaska Fairbanks (Feb. 24).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in all 38 games in 2004-05, scoring five goals and six assists for 11 points … had one power-play tally and one game-tying goal … whistled off the ice for 17 penalties for a total of 34 minutes … named team’s most improved player following the season … picked up first point of the season in second game of the year, assisting on a Matt Amado power-play goal in 4-1 loss to Minnesota-Duluth … scored first collegiate goal on Oct. 29 in first period of 1-1 tie with Northern Michigan … second goal of the year came on Nov. 12 at Western Michigan when he broke up a Bronco shutout early in the second period with an unassisted goal in an eventual 2-2 tie … assisted on a Josh Sciba goal with the sixth attacker on the ice in a 3-2 loss at Alaska Fairbanks … got the game-tying goal in 1-1 tie at Lake Superior State on Jan. 7 … that goal started him on a career-best four-game point streak (1g, 3a) from Jan. 7 to Jan. 15, 2005 … assisted on Chris Trick’s goal the following night in heartbreaking 2-1 overtime loss to the Lakers … had one assist in each game of the Ohio State series (Jan. 14-15) … went seven games without a point before recording his first multiple-point game, getting a goal and an assist in 4-3 loss to Ferris State … added second goal of the weekend the following day in 4-2 loss to the Bulldogs on Feb. 12 … did not have a point in final six games of the season.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in 31 of Notre Dame’s 39 games … saw action on both defense and at right wing … had one assist on the year … recorded 25 shots on goal, including career-high three-shot games versus Northern Michigan on Jan. 24 and Nov. 28 … was -5 on the season … whistled for 10 penalties for 20 minutes on the year … lone assist came on Rob Globke goal in 5-1 win over Northern Michigan.
WITH USA HOCKEY: Played two seasons with the United States National Team Developmental Program from 2000-02, playing for the Under-17 and Under-18 teams … member of gold-medal winning U.S. Under-18 team at the Under-18 World Championships in April of 2002 and the Under-17 team at the Under-17 World Championships the previous year … scored the championship-winning goal in Under-17 tournament … stick he used is displayed in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto … as a defensemen with the Under-17 team, had six goals and 12 assists for 18 points in 69 games … followed that with three goals and nine assists for 12 points in 62 games with the Under-18 team.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Mich., while playing for the National Developmental Team … played one season (2002-03) with the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers … team member with current Irish players Wes O’Neill and Dan VeNard … in lone season with Green Bay had three goals and 11 assists for 14 points in 57 games … full name is Noah F. Babin … son of Frank and Kathy Babin … has one sister, Erica, who was captain of Boston University’s women’s club hockey team for three years … born March 11, 1984, in West Palm Beach, Fla. … finance major in the Mendoza College of Business.
Babin’s Career Statistics
Babin’s Career Bests
vs. Lake Superior (1g-2a; 12/18/05)
vs. Lake Superior (12/18/05)
vs. Bowling Green (11/10/05)
4 Shots on Goal
4-Game Point Streak
(1g-3a); Jan. 7-Jan. 15, 2005
(vs. Lake Superior and Ohio State)
2-Game Goal Streak
(2g-1a); Feb. 11-12, 2005
(vs. Ferris State)