Braun Joins UMass Exodus
CHN Staff Report
AMHERST, Mass. Massachusetts senior defenseman and co-captain Justin Braun officially became the third Minuteman this week to sign with the San Jose Sharks.
On Tuesday, James Marcou and Matt Irwin signed with the NHL club.
For the season, Braun played in all 36 games scoring eight goals and 23 assists, and a plus-3 rating. He was named the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Year and was named to the Hockey East All-Star First Team.
Braun finished his career playing in 150 games which tied Cory Quirk for the school record. In all, Braun scored 23 goals and 65 assists, and was a plus-12.
In Hockey East, Braun ranked second in defenseman scoring, 20th overall in points for the season, ninth in assists, sixth in power play points (3-16-19). Nationally, he ranked sixth in defenseman scoring.
"Justin has had a tremendous collegiate career at UMass and he is definitely ready to take the next step in his professional development," said San Jose GM Doug Wilson. "Head coach Don Cahoon and his staff have done a great job with Justin and we are excited to add him to our organization."
The six-foot-one, 180-pound native of Vadnais Heights, Minn., was originally selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the seventh round (201st overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft before his rights were traded to San Jose.