Three-time team captain and is only the fourth skater in the program’s history to serve in that capacity for more than two seasons . . . Mature individual with excellent leadership qualities . . . Regarded as the team’s best “defensive” defenseman . . . One of CCHA’s most underrated defenders . . . Uses size and strength to his advantage . . . Commendable work ethic . . . Extremely team-oriented player . . . Plays with a lot of heart . . . Intelligent decision-maker with the puck . . . Fine passer and excels on breakout passes . . . Serves as the community involvement chairperson for FSU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) . . . A former walk-on.
Skated in all 39 contests . . . FSU Blue Line Competitive Award co-honoree . . . Tied for 16th in team scoring . . . Logged a goal apiece at Michigan State (11/7) and at Wayne State (1/13) . . . Finished season with three points (all assists) in the team’s final two contests (3/3-4) at Lake Superior State in CCHA Tourney First-Round series play . . . Picked up an assist vs. Union (10/7), vs. Western Michigan (10/21) and at Miami (12/1).
Appeared in all 40 outings . . . Co-recipient of FSU Blue Line Competitive Award . . . His 13 points tied for 10th place among Bulldogs’ top points producers and was second highest for defensemen . . . Produced a two-point game (0-2=2) vs. Bemidji State (11/18) and (1-1=2) at Ohio State (2/18) . . . Had a three-game (2/3-10) points string with three points (1-2=3) in that span . . . Tallied a combined three points (0-3=3) in Bemidji State series (11/18-19) . . . Scored a power-play marker at Notre Dame (2/10) . . . Finished fourth on team’s plus/minus leaders (+8) . . . Posted five points (2-3=5) in eight February games.
A CCHA All-Rookie Honorable Mention selection . . . FSU’s Rookie of the Year Award winner . . . Registered six points in 36 outings which tied for top team scoring honors among Ferris freshmen defensemen . . . Selected CCHA’s Rookie of the Week (12/13) after scoring his first collegiate goal and was +4 at Miami (12/10-11) . . . Notched an assist apiece in two-game series at Alaska Fairbanks (1/21-22) . . . Recorded an assist at Ohio State (1/8), vs. Bowling Green State (2/4), and at Notre Dame (2/11) . . . Compiled a season-high three points (0-3–3) in nine January contests.
Spent 2002-04 with the Wichita Falls (Texas) Rustlers of the North American Hockey League . . . Coached by Brian Meisner . . . 2003-04 Team MVP and Best Defensive Player in with 39 points (14-25=39) in 55 contests . . . Tabbed 2003-03 Rustlers’ Rookie of the Year with 34 points in 60 outings . . . A 2002 Hastings High School graduate . . . Coached by his uncle (Russ Welch) . . . Tallied an overtime goal in state tourney as a sophomore . . . Nine-time prep letterwinner . . . Participated three years (2000-02) each in football and baseball . . . Captained school’s state championship football team as a senior and intercepted three passes in state title contest.
Son of Kurt and Diana Welch . . . Born 10/4/83 in Hastings, Minn. . . . Has an older brother and sister . . . His cousin, Dan Welch, plays for the American Hockey League’s Manchester Monarchs . . . Shoots: Right . . . FSU Letters: Three . . . Majoring in history education.