Favorite player is Calgary's Jerome Iginla because "he's making the Flames (Welsh's favorite team) win." ... grew up playing forward, did not become a defenseman until age 16 ... Favorites: Book - Catcher in the Rye; Music - country; Musical Group - Captain Tractor; Movie - Usual Suspects; Television Show - Friends; Actress - Michelle Pfeiffer; Actor - Matt LeBlanc; Team - Saskatchewan Roughriders; Athlete - Wayne Gretzky; Food - salmon; Vacation Spot - Banff, Alberta; Quote - "Live each day as if it is your last." ... says greatest risk taken was asking for a trade in juniors ... favorite part of college hockey is hanging out with the guys on the team ... has come back from two knee surgeries.
Ohio State Career
Three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, as well as an Academic All-Big Ten and CCHA All-Academic Team special mention honoree.
2003-04 (Junior Season)
Career-best six assists and seven points on the year while playing in 24 games ... posted an assist in the CCHA quarterfinal win over Notre Dame ... career-high two assists and first career multiple-point game came at Ferris State Feb. 7 ... moved to forward at Bowling Green Jan. 31 and scored the gamewinner; goal was his first since Nov. 2, 2001 vs. UNO (which also was the gamewinner) ... returned to action vs. Alaska Fairbanks Oct. 31 after rehabbing from knee surgery; had an assist and was +1 in each game vs. the Nanooks ... +1 in both playoff games vs. Bowling Green ... career-best +2 at Northern Michigan Nov. 8 ... played in 18 of last 20 games ... an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and CCHA All-Academic Team special mention honoree, as well as an Academic All-Big Ten selection.
2002-03 (Sophomore Season)
Played in six games, missing a majority of the season with knee injuries ... sat out the first 30 games of the season while recovering from surgery ... first game back was vs. Miami Feb. 15 in Cincinnati ... also played Feb. 22 vs. Alaska Fairbanks and in both games at Northern Michigan (Feb. 28-March 1) ... reinjured in a practice before the Michigan series but played in the Michigan and Northern Michigan games at the CCHA Super Six ... even or better in 5-of-6 games ... had surgery during the offseason ... OSU Scholar-Athlete.
2001-02 (Freshman Season)
Played in 29 games, recording a goal and three assists ... had an assist on a Daymen Bencharski power-play goal in the playoff game vs. Alaska Fairbanks ... lone goal of the season was the gamewinner, scored on the power play, in OSU's 1-0 victory over Nebraska-Omaha Nov. 2 ... that goal was the first point of his Buckeye career ... had assists vs. Miami Feb. 25 and vs. Ferris State Feb. 16 ... saw time at forward in the Buckeyes' overtime win at Miami ... three of four points came on the power play ... named an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
Prior to Ohio State
Played for the Nipawin Hawks of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League ... led all SJHL defensemen in scoring with 77 points, including 60 assists, in 62 regular-season games ... ranked first among blueliners in the playoffs with 16 points in 15 games ... postseason point total tied for fourth among all players in the league ... all-star selection for the North Division ... voted best defenseman of the all-star game ... second team all-league selection ... named team's most dedicated player and best offensive defenseman ... coached by Doug Hedley on the Hawks ... played for the Notre Dame Hounds of the SJHL in 1999-00 ... played lacrosse and volleyball for M.A. Riffel High School before graduating in 1998 ... scored the game-winning goal in game four of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA semifinal to win the series, three games to one, against his former team.
Off the Ice
Born Sept. 21, 1980 in Regina, Saskatchewan ... family includes mother Jane Welsh, stepfather Bob Brennan and siblings Monica (17) and Olivia (16) and father Ed Reed and siblings Morgan (20), Will (18) and Eve (16) ... hobbies include mountain biking and golf ... would like to go to Europe and play hockey following graduation ... nicknames include Snacks and T-Bone.
Buckeyes vs. Gophers - Game Two