Thursday, February 24, 2011

Brahmas sign former Notre Dame defenseman Brett Blatchford

Won three National Championships with Texas Tornado

The Texas Brahmas have signed former Texas Tornado great, Brett Blatchford to the roster according to Pointstreak. He is expected to be on the ice for Friday night's game in Allen.

Originally from Temperance, Michigan, Blatchford moved to Frisco in 2003 to play hockey for the Tornado, where he played defense and served as team captain during their three National Championship seasons (2003-06). He still holds the all-time record for assists by a Tornado player.

In 2006, Blatchford was named to the North American Hockey League first team and was also honored with the NAHL Academic Achievement Award.

He earned a scholarship to play hockey at the University of Notre Dame and graduated last May with degrees in psychology and sociology from the College of Arts and Letters.

Blatchford played in 153 career games with the Irish and tallied 73 points (6 G, 67 A, +11) and 101 penalty minutes. His best season came in 2008-09 when he had a career-high 25 assists with no goals for 25 points.

During his time at Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish won two Central Collegiate Hockey Association titles and competed in the NCAA Division I National Championship game.

During his senior season, Blatchford was awarded with the Charles "Lefty" Smith Coaches Award. The award is presented 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.

Blatchford finished the 2009-10 season playing professionally for the Chicago Wolves (AHL) and the Idaho Steelheads (ECHL). He signed with Toledo Walleye for the 2010-11 season and appeared in three games, collecting one assist before he was released in October. Blatchford returned to Frisco and has been working with the Texas Tornado organization since.

Photo Credit: Daniel Mears/The Detroit News

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