|Born||August 26, 1982
Brighton, MA, USA
|6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
212 lb (96 kg; 15 st 2 lb)
Tampa Bay Lightning
|NHL Draft||54th overall, 2001
|Playing career||2005 – present|
Welch was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, chosen 54th overall in the 2nd round. Noah was the captain of the Harvard University Hockey team, graduating in 2005. Before his college career at Harvard he played high school hockey at St. Sebastian's School in Needham, Massachusetts.
Welch made his NHL debut in the latter stages of the 2005–2006 seasonfor the Penguins in a victory over the NY Islanders picking up his first NHL point with an assist. In his next game against the Montreal Canadiens, having replaced the suspended Eric Cairns, he suffered a nightmare start, scoring in his own net, but made amends by scoring his first NHL goal in the third period against the team he always cheered against as a child and Boston Bruins fan. In total he scored four points (one goal, three assists) in five games. He was named to the AHL 2007 All-Star game, representing the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
On July 13, 2009, Welch signed a one-year contract with the Atlanta Thrashers.
|2008–09||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||17||0||0||0||14||—||—||—||—||—|
Noah Welch is a Christian. He is the son of Debra and David Welch. He has three older siblings. Welch decided to donate his brain to concussion research at the The Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at the Boston University School of Medicine after his death..