Date Of Birth 17/06/1996
Hometown Colleyville, Texas, USA
Texas-born Defenceman Jeff Baum’s sights were set on playing hockey in Belfast as early as 2017, when he was part of the Providence team who crossed the Atlantic for the annual Friendship Four tournament. The college hockey showcase, and the city of Belfast, left a lasting impression on him as it has done for so many others.
This season, Baum adds his name to the growing list of players turning pro and heading for the EIHL straight out of collegiate hockey; a trend accelerated by the highly regarded annual showcase of four NCAA Division One teams vying to ‘ring the bell’ at The SSE Arena.
A move from Providence to the American International College Yellowjackets in 2018-19 proved fruitful for Baum, whose solid work on the blue line helped the team clinch an incredible three AHA Regular Season Championships and two AHA Championships. He was also named on the NCAA AHA All-Academic Team.
Prior to his commitment to Providence, Baum made waves in his home state of Texas when he was invited to the NHL’s Dallas Stars Development Camp, following his final year of Junior hockey with the USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints, where he was an Assistant Captain.
The experience of playing alongside established NHL names at a young age seems to have been something of a catalyst for the now 25-year-old, who arrives in Belfast this season as a first-year pro hungry for more Championship success.