UND Roster

2009-10 Hockey Roster

#31 Tom O'Brien


Height 5'11''
Weight 208 lbs.
Class Senior
Hometown Mokena, IL

Earned three monograms during his NotreDame career … outstanding student-athlete whograduated from Notre Dame[apos]s honors physics pro-gram … saw action in five games as a senior, mak-ing two starts … was 1-1-0 with a 2.86 goals-againstaverage and a .868 save percentage … appeared inseven career games, making four starts over hisfinal three seasons … was 2-1-0 with a 2.47 goals-against average and a .881 save percentage withone shutout … hard-working student-athlete whomade the most of his opportunity to play for theIrish … played junior hockey in the Eastern JuniorHockey League and the North American HockeyLeague before joining the Notre Dame hockeyprogram.

AS A SENIOR: Saw action in five games duringthe `09-[apos]10 campaign, making two starts … was1-1-0 with a 2.86 goals-against average and a .868save percentage … won first start of the season onOct. 10 versus Alabama-Huntsville, 3-1 … gave upone goal while making 13 saves … played final12:57 of 4-1 loss at Michigan (Dec. 11) in relief ofMike Johnson, stopping all six shots he faced …made second start of the year on Jan. 10 versusFerris State, dropping a 4-2 decision … stopped 29of 33 shots in the game … came on in relief ofJohnson on Feb. 6 at Western Michigan … playedfinal 38:45, stopping six of seven shots in a 4-1 lossto Broncos … played the final two periods in sea-son-ending 8-2 loss to Ohio State in game two ofthe CCHA first round playoff series … gave up fourgoals on 16 shots.

AS A JUNIOR: Made two starts, playing a totalof 81:29 … was 1-0-0 with a 1.47 goals-against aver-age and a .920 save percentage with one shutout… made first career start on Oct. 18 versus SacredHeart … made 17 saves in 7-0 win over the Pioneers… became the first goaltender in Notre Dame his-tory to record a shutout in his first career start …made second start on Nov. 29 at home againstWestern Michigan … played the first 23:15 of thegame, giving up two goals while making six saves… Jordan Pearce played remainder of game in a 3-3overtime tie.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Did not play in any games … dressed as team[apos]s third goaltender behind Jordan Pearce and Brad Phillips.

AS A FRESHMAN: Did not play in any games … dressed as team[apos]s third goaltender behind David Brown and Jordan Pearce.

PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from MarianCatholic High School in Chicago Heights, Ill. …played lacrosse and club hockey … was team cap-tain and played midget hockey for the ChicagoYoung Americans in `03-[apos]04 … was 21-20-10 with a1.90 goals-against average and a .931 save per-centage … played his first season of junior hockey(`04-[apos]05) in the NAHL with the Youngstown/Mahoning Valley Phantoms … was 7-7-1 with a3.35 goals against and a .898 save percentage in18 games … won the NAHL[apos]s AcademicAchievement Award while with the Phantoms …moved to the EJHL with the Bridgwater Bandits in2005-06 and was 13-8-2 overall with a 2.93 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage inhelping Bridgewater to a third-place finish …selected as the starting goaltender for the EJHLall-star game … was seventh in the league in goals-against average, sixth in wins and third in savepercentage … member of the EJHL Junior Selectteam that won the Hockey Night In Boston All-Scholastic championship … selected all-Scholastictournament MVP … has Notre Dame in his bloodas 10 members of his family are graduates, includ-ing his father, Thomas, Sr., (`72) and grandfather,Michael McCaughey (`41) … full name is ThomasRobert O[apos]Brien … son of Thomas and Gael O[apos]Brien… born Apr. 28, 1987 in Chicago, Ill. … graduatedfrom Notre Dame with a degree in physics. games with two of the goals being game winners… full name is Michel Christiaan Minella … son ofDaniel and Melissa Minella … born July 5, 1985 inCincinnati, Ohio … graduated from Notre Damewith a degree in marketing from the MendozaCollege of Business.

O[apos]Brien[apos]s Career Statistics

Year GP/GS W-L-T Time GA GAA Saves Save Pct. Shutouts
2006-07 Did Not Play
2007-08 Did Not Play
2008-09 2/2 1-0-0 81:29 2 1.47 23 .920 1
2009-10 5/2 1-1-0 209:59 10 2.86 66 .868 0
Totals 7/4 2-1-0 291:28 12 2.47 89 .881 1