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Bill Houlder

Bill Houlder  #23

Defenseman
NUMBER: 23 BIRTHDATE: March 11, 1967
HEIGHT: 6' 2" BIRTHPLACE: Thunder Bay, ON, Canada
WEIGHT: 215 DRAFTED: WSH / 1985 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 4th   (82nd overall)
AHL First All-Star Team (1991) IHL First All-Star Team (1993) Governor's Trophy (Outstanding Defenseman IHL) (1993) Traded to Buffalo by Washington for Shawn Anderson, September 30, 1990. Claimed by Anaheim from Buffalo in Expansion Draft, June 24, 1993. Traded to St. Louis by Anaheim for Jason Marshall, August 29, 1994. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 26, 1995. Signed as a free agent by San Jose, July 16, 1997. Traded to Tampa Bay by San Jose with Andrei Zyuzin, Shawn Burr and Steve Guolla for Niklas Sundstrom and NY Rangers' 3rd round choice (previously acquired, later traded to Chicago Chicago selected Igor Radulov) in 2000 Entry Draft, August 4, 1999. Claimed on waivers by Nashville from Tampa Bay, November 10, 1999.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round