• In 2008-09, Birkholz finished second on the Fargo Force with 21 goals and third with 36 points (21-15-36) in 55 games. He has committed to the University of Minnesota.
• He totaled 34 goals and 59 points (34-25-59) in 2007-08 as a high school junior at The Blake School. An Associated Press honorable mention all-state selection, Birkholz helped lead his team to the Minnesota state hockey tournament.
• He was a member of the gold-medal winning U.S. team at the 2008 World Junior ‘A’ Challenge in Camrose, Alberta and he also played with the U.S. Under-17 select team last year at the Five Nations tournament in the Czech Republic.
Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.
— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild