Nick Holden
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 4"
BIRTHDATE: 05/15/1987
AGE: 29
DRAFTED: undrafted
Signed as a free agent by Columbus, March 28, 2008. Missed majority of 2011-12 due to shoulder injury vs. Portland (AHL), January 13, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Colorado, July 6, 2013.
2014-15 SEASON
Appeared in a career-high 78 games, tallying 14 points (5g/9a)…Finished tied for first among Colorado defensemen with two game-winning goals…Ranked fifth on the team in blocked shots (96) and hits (156)…Appeared in his 100th NHL game on Jan. 12 at Washington…Logged a career-high 28:08 of ice time on April 9 vs. Winnipeg…Signed a three-year extension prior to the season on July 1, 2014.

2013-14: Finished second among Avalanche defensemen with 10 goals while appearing in 54 games during his first full NHL season…Ranked fourth among Colorado D-men in points (25) and assists (15)…His +12 plus/minus rating finished second among Avs defensemen and fifth overall on the team…Made his Avalanche debut on Nov. 1 at Dallas…Scored his first NHL goal, the game winner, on Nov. 10 vs. Washington…Tallied his first career assist on Nov. 14 at St. Louis…Missed the Jan. 11th contest at Minnesota for the birth of his son, Carter (born that day Jan. 11)…Set career highs with two goals, three points and nine hits on Jan. 18 at Nashville…Was the first NHL defenseman to record three points and nine hits in a game since Jiri Slegr for Atlanta on Feb. 13, 2001 vs. Buffalo…Holden’s nine hits were the most-ever by an Avalanche defenseman…Was the first Avs defenseman to have two goals and three points in a game since John-Michael Liles on Nov. 15, 2010 vs. St. Louis…Recorded his second multi-goal game on March 2 vs. Tampa Bay.

2013-14 PLAYOFFS:
Led all Avalanche defensemen with three goals and four points (3g/1a) in seven games during the postseason…Was the first Colorado defender to score three goals in a single playoff series since Rob Blake tallied five in the 2002 Western Conference Semifinal against Los Angeles…Holden’s three goals tied Jack Johnson for the most by an NHL blueliner in the first round of the 2014 playoffs…Had a team-high 25 hits during the postseason…Made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut in Game 1 of the first-round series against Minnesota on April 17 at Pepsi Center…Notched his first career postseason point with an assist in Game 2 on April 19…Scored his first career playoff goal in Game 5 vs. Minnesota on April 26…Tallied a goal in each of Colorado’s last three playoff games, April 26-30, the first Avalanche defenseman to score in three straight postseason contests since Blake from May 4-8, 2002.

2012-13: Appeared in two games for the Columbus Blue Jackets (0g/0a) and 73 contests with their AHL affiliate in Springfield, where he led all team defensemen with nine goals and 39 points…Set a Falcons single-season franchise record with a +24 plus/minus rating…Was recalled by Columbus on Feb. 3 and made his season debut on Feb. 5 vs. Los Angeles, his first NHL game since Oct. 30, 2010…Was reassigned to Springfield on Feb. 12…Went on to dress in eight playoff games for the Falcons, tallying three assists…Named Springfield’s IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year Award winner.

2011-12: Was limited to 25 games with Springfield (AHL) after suffering a shoulder injury on Jan. 13 vs. Portland.

2010-11: Made his NHL debut on Oct. 20 vs. Anaheim and wound up appearing in five games for the Blue Jackets…Finished with 25 points (4g/21a) in 67 games with the AHL’s Springfield Falcons.

2009-10: Recorded 23 points (6g/17a) in 68 games with Syracuse of the AHL.

2008-09: Spent his first full professional season with the Syracuse Crunch (AHL), registering 22 points (4g/18a) in 61 games. 2007-08: Led all Western Hockey League defensemen in goals (22) and finished third in points (60) during his final season with the Chilliwack Bruins…Served as Chilliwack’s team captain…Added four points (1g/3a) in four postseason games…Signed with Columbus as a free agent on March 28, 2008. 2006-07: Led all Chilliwack defensemen with 31 points, eight goals and 23 assists in his first season in the WHL…Chipped in with a goal and one assist in five playoff contests.

Nick and his wife, Angela have two children: Parker and Carter…Purchases tickets to every Avalanche home game, donating those tickets to numerous charity organizations…Actively participates in the Avalanche’s “Team Fit” program, which teaches kids about nutrition and exercizing.