Nick Holden

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Nick Holden
Nick Holden Avalanche.jpg
Born (1987-05-15) May 15, 1987 (age 27)
St. Albert, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Colorado Avalanche
Columbus Blue Jackets
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2008–present

Nick Holden (born May 15, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently playing with the Colorado Avalanche organization of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Holden played junior hockey for the Camrose Kodiaks and Sherwood Park Crusaders of the AJHL (junior A) and the Chilliwack Bruins of the WHL (major junior). Holden signed with the Blue Jackets as an undrafted free agent and spent two seasons playing for the American Hockey League's Syracuse Crunch. Holden made his debut in the National Hockey League with the Blue Jackets during the 2010–11 season, in a 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on October 21, 2010.[1][2]

During the lockout shortened 2012–13 season, Holden appeared in a two game return in the NHL with the Blue Jackets, however he was primarily assigned to AHL affiliate, the Springfield Falcons. He finished the Falcons season leading all defenseman in scoring with 9 goals and 39 points in 73 games.

On July 5, 2013, Holden left the Blue Jackets organization and signed a two-year contract as a free agent with the Colorado Avalanche.[3] After partaking and impressing in his first Avalanche training camp, Holden was unexpectedly successful in making the teams opening night roster for the 2013–14 season.[4] Holden sat as a healthy scratch in the first 11 games of the season, before making his Avalanche debut as a forward in a 3-2 overtime victory over the Dallas Stars on November 2, 2013.[5] In returning to the defense, Holden scored his first NHL goal, and game-winner against Braden Holtby, in a 4-1 victory against the Washington Capitals on November 10, 2013.[6][7]

Career statistics[edit]

Holden during his tenure with the American Hockey League's Springfield Falcons.
Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Camrose Kodiaks AJHL 4 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Camrose Kodiaks AJHL 29 5 8 13 27
2005–06 Sherwood Park Crusaders[8] AJHL 28 2 15 17 19
2006–07 Chilliwack Bruins WHL 67 8 23 31 62 5 1 1 2 6
2007–08 Chilliwack Bruins WHL 70 22 38 60 54 4 1 3 4 0
2007–08 Syracuse Crunch AHL 1 0 0 0 2
2008–09 Syracuse Crunch AHL 61 4 18 22 46
2009–10 Syracuse Crunch AHL 68 6 17 23 52
2010–11 Springfield Falcons AHL 67 4 21 25 63
2010–11 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 5 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Springfield Falcons AHL 25 3 6 9 14
2012–13 Springfield Falcons AHL 73 9 30 39 58 8 0 3 3 6
2012–13 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Colorado Avalanche NHL 54 10 15 25 22 7 3 1 4 8
NHL totals 61 10 15 25 22 7 3 1 4 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nash has two goals in Jackets 3-1 win". Yahoo! Sports. 2010-10-20. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  2. ^ Rimer, Jeff (2010-10-22). "Rimer's game day ramblings – Oct. 22". Columbus Blue Jackets. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  3. ^ "Avalanche announce signings". Colorado Avalanche. 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  4. ^ "Avalanche make three cuts; final roster set". Denver Post. 2013-09-29. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  5. ^ "Stastny scores in OT to lift troubled Varlamov, Avs". CBS Sports. 2013-11-02. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  6. ^ "First place Colorado keep climbing". CBS Sports. 2013-11-10. Retrieved 2013-11-10. 
  7. ^ "Hardwork, positivity led to Holden's first score". Colorado Avalanche. 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  8. ^ http://www.sherwoodparkcrusaders.ca/stats/player-search.html

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