8 Josh Balch
8 Josh Balch
Height: 5-9
Weight: 180
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Wilmette, IL
High School: Desmoines, Chicago (USHL)
Position: F
Major: Political science
Residential College: Saybrook

Bulldog Best: Goal and three points in wins over Sacred Heart on 11/24/09 and Holy Cross on 1/2/11.

2012-13 (National Championship Season): Played in every game as Yale's top defensive forward and a key penalty-killer... His three goals were significant: two were overtime winners and one tied the game in the third period of the NCAA West Regional Final... Scored at Colorado College, at home against Colgate and in the 4-1 win over North Dakota at Grand Rapids, Mich... Goal vs. UND came with a broken hand he had suffered weeks earlier.

2011-12:Played in all but one game... Two goals and four points... Goals at Brown and at RPI.

2010-11: Notched seven points in 11 games... Three goals... Three points in win over Holy Cross 1/2.

2009-10: Earned valuable experience rotating into the lineup as part of a strong rookie class... Appeared in 22 games.

Before Yale: Played two seasons in the USHL for the Des Moines Buccaneers  and the Chicago Steel... Played nine seasons with AAA Chicago Young Americans... Had jersey retired and amassed over 1,600 points... Earned gold medal on Team USA at the 2008 World Junior A Challenge... Leading scorer in the MWEHL in 2007-08... National Honor Society member... Played two years of high school lacrosse and one year of golf at New Trier High School...

Personal: Joshua Balch is the son of Michael and Helen Balch... Three younger brothers all play hockey... Yale teammates voted him "fastest skater" on the team...Political Science major.

2009-10 22 2 4 6 6
2010-11 11 3 4 7 2
2011-12 34 2 2 4 8
2012-13 37 3 5 8 10
Total 104 10 15 25 26