Riley Holzapfel

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Riley Holzapfel
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Born (1988-08-18) August 18, 1988 (age 28)
Regina, SK, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
EBEL team
Former teams
Vienna Capitals
Chicago Wolves
St. John's IceCaps
Syracuse Crunch
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
HV71
Karlskrona HK
NHL Draft 43rd overall, 2006
Atlanta Thrashers
Playing career 2008–present

Riley Holzapfel (born August 18, 1988) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player, currently contracted by the Vienna Capitals in the Austrian Hockey League (EBEL).

Playing career[edit]

Holzapfel played major junior hockey for the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, chosen 43rd overall. On September 6, 2007, Riley signed a three-year entry level contract with the Thrashers.[1] In 2008, he played for Canada in the IIHF World U20 Championship where Canada went on to win gold in a 3-2 victory over Sweden.

On February 13, 2012, Holzapfel was traded by the Winnipeg Jets to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Maxime Macenauer.[2] He was then immediately assigned to Ducks AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.

He signed a one-year, two-way contract as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 1, 2012,[3] but spent the season in AHL with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. In July 2013, he signed a two-year deal with the Swedish Hockey League club HV71.[4]

After a further third season in Sweden with newly promoted Karlskrona HK in 2015–16 season, Holzapfel left as a free agent to sign a one-year deal with Austrian club, the Vienna Capitals of the EBEL on July 20, 2016.[5] He received 2016-17 EBEL Most Valuable Player honors.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 63 15 13 28 32 5 1 2 3 8
2005–06 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 64 19 38 57 46 22 7 9 16 20
2006–07 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 72 39 43 82 94
2007–08 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 49 18 23 41 43 6 3 5 8 12
2007–08 Chicago Wolves AHL 1 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Chicago Wolves AHL 73 13 19 32 38
2009–10 Chicago Wolves AHL 60 7 16 23 30 14 0 3 3 6
2010–11 Chicago Wolves AHL 68 12 15 27 20
2011–12 St. John's Ice Caps AHL 29 8 7 15 8
2011–12 Syracuse Crunch AHL 28 8 14 22 34 4 0 1 1 4
2012–13 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 76 21 30 51 93 15 4 6 10 8
2013–14 HV71 SHL 48 10 12 22 49 4 0 0 0 0
2014–15 HV71 SHL 49 7 6 13 14 6 0 0 0 0
2015–16 Karlskrona HK SHL 48 9 16 25 24
AHL totals 335 69 101 170 223 33 4 10 14 18
Medal record
Representing  Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2008 Pardubice

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2008 Canada WJC 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 0 0 0 8
Junior totals 7 0 0 0 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thrashers sign 2006 second round draft selection Riley Holzapfel". Atlanta Thrashers. 2007-09-06. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 
  2. ^ "Jets trade Holzapfel to Ducks for Macenauer". The Sports Network. 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  3. ^ "Penguins Sign Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff and Forward Riley Holzapfel". July 1, 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Kanadensiska centern Riley Holzapfel till HV71" (in Swedish). 2013-07-04. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  5. ^ "Riley Holzapfel strengthens our Caps" (in German). Vienna Capitals. 2016-07-20. Retrieved 2016-07-20. 
  6. ^ "Riley Holzapfel zum MVP der EBEL-Saison gewählt - UPC Vienna Capitals". www.vienna-capitals.at (in German). Retrieved 2017-03-31. 

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