Braydon Coburn was born February 27, 1985 in Calgary, Alberta. The first round, eighth overall selection of the Atlanta Thrashers in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Coburn is a graduate of the WHL's Portland Winter Hawks.
A towering defenseman, Coburn played four full seasons in the WHL with Portland tallying 131 points (29-102-131). The 2003-04 winner of the WHL's Humanitarian Award, Coburn was also the WHL's Rookie of the Year in 2001-02 and a member of Canada's gold medal World Junior team in 2005.
In the spring of 2005, Coburn joined the AHL's Chicago Wolves for its run to the Calder Cup final against the eventual Cup champions from Philadelphia before making his NHL debut with Atlanta during the 2005-06 season. Despite making his NHL debut with the Thrashers, Coburn spent the majority of the season with the Chicago of the AHL.
In the 2006-07 season, Coburn appeared in 29 games with the Thrashers before being dealt to the Philadelphia Flyers for Alexei Zhitnik.
Coburn played nine seasons with the Flyers, including a run to the 2010 Stanley Cup Final where the Flyers lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games. At the 2014 trade deadline and the Flyers on the outside of the playoff picture, Coburn was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Radko Gudas and a first and third round draft pick.
On the international stage, Coburn has represented Canada seven times. This includes a Gold (2005) and a Silver (2004) Medal at the World Junior Championships. He also has appeared in two World Championships (2009, 2014), where he won a Silver Medal in 2009.