Chris Holt (ice hockey)

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Chris Holt
Born (1985-06-05) June 5, 1985 (age 29)
Vancouver, BC, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 221 lb (100 kg; 15 st 11 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
KHL team
Former teams
HC Donbass
New York Rangers
St. Louis Blues
Dinamo Riga
Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg
National team  United States
NHL Draft 180th overall, 2003
New York Rangers
Playing career 2005–present

Chris Holt (born June 5, 1985 in Vancouver, British Columbia) is an American professional hockey goaltender currently with HC Donbass of the Kontinental Hockey League. He has played for the New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

Holt was drafted 180th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers. Holt was first called up from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL in December 2005 as backup to Henrik Lundqvist while starting goalie Kevin Weekes was injured. He played just over 10 minutes in one game, not allowing a goal becoming the first and only former Billings Bulls player to play in the NHL. He was sent back down to Hartford but was recalled to the Rangers on February 23, 2006.

On October 30, 2008, Holt was signed as a free agent by the St. Louis Blues after playing two games for their affiliate the Peoria Rivermen.[1] On October 31, Holt was called up to the Blues on emergency before returning to Peoria.[2] He was again recalled by the Blues on February 6, 2009.[3] He made his first appearance for the Blues, and only his second appearance in the NHL on February 18, 2009 as a replacement for Chris Mason after Mason started the first two periods against the Columbus Blue Jackets, totaling 19 min., giving up no goals on three shots.[4]

In September 2009, prior to the 2009–10 season, he attended the Ottawa Senators training camp.[5] He was demoted to the Binghamton Senators organization which demoted him to the Elmira Jackals on September 30. He was promoted to Binghamton in March 2010. On March 19, 2010, he became the tenth goaltender in AHL history to score a goal, and the sixth to score it by shooting the puck himself. Holt scored on the Rochester Americans while the Americans goalie was pulled for a sixth attacker.[6] In June 2010, it was announced that Holt has signed a two-year deal with the Kontinental Hockey League club Dinamo Riga.[7]

On June 29, 2012, Holt signed a free agent deal with fellow KHL club, Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg.[8] After appearing in 27 games for only 4 wins with the cellar-dwelling Avtomobilist, Holt was traded to HC Donbass for their playoff push to end the 2012–13 season on January 10, 2013.

International play[edit]

Despite his Canadian birth, Holt is an American citizen due to his mother being an American. He has represented the USA at the 2003 World Junior Championships on the US Under-18 National Team.

On October 20, 2011, he was selected as one of two goalies on the 21-man roster for the 2011 U.S. Men's Select Team that will compete at the Deutschland Cup from Nov. 11-13 in Munich, Germany.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2001–02 Billings Bulls AWHL 24 13 7 1 1184 59 2 2.99 .906
2002–03 U.S. National Development Team USDP 32 9 15 2 1774 95 1 3.20
2003–04 U. of Nebraska-Omaha CCHA 27 15 17 2 1499 81 0 3.24 .900
2004–05 U. of Nebraska-Omaha CCHA 37 19 14 4 2190 106 1 2.90 .903
2005–06 Charlotte Checkers ECHL 23 7 11 1 1229 84 0 4.10 .887
2005–06 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 9 3 2 1 459 31 0 4.06 .879 8 4 4 487 24 0 2.96 .912
2005–06 New York Rangers NHL 1 0 0 0 10 0 0 0.00 1.000
2006–07 Charlotte Checkers ECHL 45 24 18 2 2650 139 1 3.15 .898 4 2 2 223 11 0 2.97 .904
2006–07 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 6 2 1 0 240 8 0 2.00 .918 1 0 0 26 1 0 2.28 .917
2007–08 Charlotte Checkers ECHL 32 15 13 2 1808 82 3 2.72 .915 3 0 3 179 10 0 3.35 .895
2007–08 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 9 5 3 0 447 18 0 2.42 .906
2008–09 Alaska Aces ECHL 5 3 2 0 300 9 1 1.80 .946
2008–09 Peoria Rivermen AHL 20 10 6 2 1111 32 1 1.73 .931
2008–09 St. Louis Blues NHL 1 0 0 0 19 0 0 0.00 1.000
2009–10 Elmira Jackals ECHL 15 9 5 1 896 45 0 3.01 .899 5 2 3 297 16 0 3.23 .868
2009–10 Binghamton Senators AHL 33 16 15 1 1872 92 4 2.95 .905
2010–11 Dinamo Riga KHL 33 13 11 8 1966 81 1 2.47 .924 7 2 5 404 22 0 3.27 .890
2011–12 Dinamo Riga KHL 45 20 16 6 2590 98 5 2.27 .919 5 2 2 287 13 0 2.72 .887
2012–13 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg KHL 27 4 16 5 1630 77 1 2.83 .912
2012–13 Donbass Donetsk KHL 5 2 2 1 303 9 1 1.78 .940
NHL totals 2 0 0 0 29 0 0 0.00 1.000
AHL totals 77 36 27 4 4129 181 5 2.63 .909 9 4 4 513 25 0 2.92 .913
KHL totals 110 39 45 20 6489 265 8 2.45 .920 12 4 7 691 35 0 3.04 88.9

International[edit]

Year Team Event GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
2003 United States WC 2 1 1 0 120 4 0 2.00
Junior int'l totals 2 1 1 0 120 4 0 2.00

Personal[edit]

Outside the hockey realm, Chris Holt spends much of his free time with his family and has hobbies of playing music and golf. Holt is a singer and guitar player who has recorded multiple songs and performed for live audiences (mostly in the ice rink setting). During his time playing as the Dinamo Rigo goalie, he has recorded an album covering Colbie Caillat with the Latvian band "Iron Wolf." He has also covered other songs such as "Grenade" by Bruno Mars and by "Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns N' Roses. The content for these recordings are found on YouTube.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blues sign goaltender Holt". Rivermen.net. 2008-10-30. Retrieved 2008-10-30. 
  2. ^ "Blues Recall Holt, Assign Schwarz to Peoria: The Blues added depth in goal with signing of Holt on Thursday". NHL.com. 2008-10-31. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  3. ^ "Blues Recall Holt from Peoria". NHL.com. 2009-02-06. 
  4. ^ "St. Louis Blues - Team: Chris Holt Official Player Page". NHL.com. 2009-02-18. Retrieved 2009-02-19. 
  5. ^ "2009-10 Ottawa Senators Training Camp Guide" (pdf). Ottawa Senators. September 11, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-11. 
  6. ^ "Melnyk's call 'shows that he cares'". Ottawa Citizen. March 21, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-22. [dead link]
  7. ^ "DINAMO sastāvu papildina Kriss Holts" (in Latvian). Dynamo Riga. June 18, 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  8. ^ "Avtomobilist sign North American goaltender Holt" (in Russian). sovsport.ru. 2012-06-29. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  9. ^ "USA team selected for 2011 Deutschland Cup". USA Hockey. 2011-10-20. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 

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