Holden joins the Jackets

Former Chilliwack Bruin Nick Holden is the second local WHL grad to suit up in a National Hockey League game.

Holden, who captained the Bruins in 2007-08 and played for the team from 2006-08, played his first NHL game for the Columbus Blue Jackets on Oct. 20 as they hosted the Anaheim Ducks.

The 23 year old played nine minutes and 46 seconds, finishing with a +1 rating.

He’s played four games since, against Chicago, Philadelphia, Edmonton and Colorado. Pointless thus far, the St. Albert (Alberta) native logged 35 shifts and 24:26 of icetime in the game against the Oilers.

Holden follows in the footsteps of ex-Bruins teammate Oscar Moller, who became the first Chilliwack grad to crack an NHL lineup when he played 40 games for the Los Angeles Kings in 2008-09.

Moller played another 34 big-league games last fall before being assigned to the American Hockey League’s Manchester Monarchs.

Holden started this season with the AHL’s Springfield Falcons, playing six games with one goal and six penalty minutes.

He spent the last two seasons with the Syracuse Crunch, playing 129 games with 10 goals, 45 points and 98 penalty minutes.

Holden played 137 games in Chilliwack and left as the all-time points leader among defencemen with 91 (since surpassed by Brandon Manning).

Another ex-Bruin logging icetime in the AHL is Mark Santorelli, who has played seven games for the Milwaukee Admirals this season (with two goals so far).

Just Posted

Fraser Valley Thunderbirds finish second in Acura Winter Classic tournament

Several Chilliwack skaters lead the way as the B.C. Minor Midget Hockey League squad rolls into 2019

Chilliwack Players Guild brings first ever radio play to stage

An Affair of Honour is based on a true story, written by the father of a Chilliwack man

Chilliwack school board plans for an integrated arts school for grades 8-12 at old UFV location

With $10 million from B.C. government, SD 33 has big plans for old UFV campus at 45635 Yale Road

Relationships, continuity top health-care concerns for Agassiz residents

Feedback during Fraser Health events showed access to health care needs to improve

More staff being hired at Fraser Valley seniors homes

Number of care hours for residents lags behind provincial targets

VIDEO: Car flies across median, flips over edge of Brunette overpass

Dash cam footage shows a vehicle speeding across a Lower Mainland overpass

Surrey needs 350 more cops, activist tells council

‘Right now we are 350 police behind what our population requires,’ politicians are told

UPDATE: Accused B.C. high school killer found fit to stand trial

Gabriel Klein is accused in the 2016 stabbing death of Letisha Reimer at Abbotsford Senior Secondary

Right-wing, neo-Nazi, white supremacist groups an increasing concern: Goodale

Ten people died in April 2018 when Alek Minassian allegedly drove a rental van down the busy stretch in Toronto

Where mattresses go to die

Mattress Recycling opens the largest of its kind mattress-recycling facility in Hope

Canadian stock exchanges to conduct lottery for ‘POT’ ticker amid high demand

The symbol became available after fertilizer Potash Corp. officially merged with Agrium Inc. in early 2018

Millennial Money: Don’t let Instagram envy get you into debt

A full 48 per cent of U.S. households have credit card debt

Jury debates fate of man accused of killing 12-year-old B.C. girl 40 years ago

Police allege Garry Handlen told a cop how he abducted, sexually assaulted and strangled Monica Jack in May 1978

Most Read