Date Of Birth 17/06/1996
Hometown Colleyville, Texas, USA
Defenceman Jeff Baum, a 25-year-old native of Colleyville, Texas was a first-year pro out of college when he arrived in Belfast ahead of the 2021-22 season and was ultimately instrumental in the Belfast Giants’ EIHL League and Challenge Cup double success.
The raw talent which caught the eye of Head Coach Adam Keefe and Head of Hockey Operations Steve Thornton was honed and refined throughout an action-packed schedule, as Baum relished the opportunity to play alongside veteran EIHL defender Mark Garside.
Baum also made his presence felt on the Giants power play unit as the season progressed and was lauded for his consistent and reliable work on the blue line; earning him the Unsung Hero Award at the 2022 Belfast Giants Awards back in May.
Jeff Baum’s first experience of Belfast was in 2017-18, when he arrived at the SSE Arena for the annual Friendship Four as part of NCAA D1 program the Providence College Friars.
A move to fellow D1 school American International College followed in 2018-19, where Baum would clinch an incredible three AHA Regular Season Championships and two AHA Championships with the Yellow Jackets over three seasons.
He was also named to the NCAA AHA All-Academic Team in his freshman year.
Before his commitment to Providence, Baum hit the headlines in his home state of Texas after he was invited to Developmental Camp with the NHL’s Dallas Stars.
Baum’s return to Belfast also marks the return of his father (and cult hero) Jeff Baum Sr, who quickly endeared himself to the Teal Army with his passionate support for the side throughout 2021-22.