Bruising Canadian defenceman Braydon Coburn, who spent sixteen NHL seasons with five clubs, amassing nearly 1000 games played and a Stanley Cup ring, today announced his retirement from the sport at the age of 36.
The eighth overall pick of Atlanta in the 2003 NHL Draft, Coburn only spent a season and a half with the Thrashers before being traded to Philadelphia in 2006, where he would spend the longest stint of his career. In nine seasons with the Flyers, Coburn would help his team to the playoffs in six seasons, reaching the 2010 Stanley Cup Final, but in 2015 he was a trade deadline chip sent to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Coburn would spend the next six seasons anchoring the Lightning blueline, reaching the Cup Finals again in 2015, but Coburn, despite a limited role by 2020, would finally capture the Stanley Cup with the Lightning in the pandemic bubble in Edmonton. Coburn was traded to Ottawa following his Cup win, but was held to just 19 games played in 2020-21 between the Senators and New York Islanders, and none in the current 2021-22 season. Coburn retires with 234 points in 983 career games over sixteen seasons, with another 137 games played in eleven playoff runs.
A Saskatchewan native, Coburn first played for Team Canada at the 2003 World Under-18 Championships, winning Gold, followed by consecutive appearances at the 2004 and 2005 World Juniors, winning Silver at the former (where he infamously had a Marc-André Fleury clearing attempt bounce off him and in to his own goal, sealing the win for Team USA), but redeeming himself with Gold at the latter. Thanks in part to his consistent playoff success, Coburn only suited up for two World Championships, winning Silver at the 2009 tournament in Switzerland, and finishing fifth in Minsk in 2014.
Coburn would only hold the IHLC at his final World Championship appearance in 2014, with Canada failing to win the title in both the Silver medal runs at the 2004 World Juniors and 2009 Worlds, while the 2005 World Junior Gold run merging with the IHLC was upended by Slovakia winning their final group game, a rare year where the title did not go to the medal round. We wish Braydon and his family the very best for his retirement and the things to come!