COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed Chilliwack Bruins defenseman Nick Holden to a three-year standard entry level contract, General Manager Scott Howson announced March 28. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Holden, who will turn 21 on May 15, tallied 22 goals and 38 assists for 60 points with 54 penalty minutes and a +5 plus/minus rating in 70 games with Chilliwack this season. He led all Western Hockey League defensemen in goals and ranked third in points this season while serving as the Bruins team captain.
A 6-foot-4, 200-pound native of St. Albert, Alberta, Holden registered 30-61-91 and 116 penalty minutes in 137 career WHL games and added 2-4-6 and six penalty minutes in nine career playoff outings. He led all Chilliwack defensemen in scoring as a rookie in 2005-06 when he notched 8-23-31 and 62 penalty minutes in 67 games. Prior to joining the Bruins, he played for the Sherwood Park Crusaders of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they host the Nashville Predators at Nationwide Arena. Game time is set for 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FSN Ohio will begin with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM, Sports Radio 1460 The Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101.
Tickets to Blue Jackets home games are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FSN Ohio Blue Line Team Store locations at Chiller Easton, Chiller Dublin, Chiller North and The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, as well as all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase by phone at (614) 431-3600 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com. For information on season and group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.
NICK HOLDEN, Defense
Hgt.: 6-4, Wgt.: 200, Shoots: Left, Born: May 15, 1987 (St. Albert, Alberta)
CAREER STATISTICS REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Year Team League GP TOI G A PTS +/- PIM GPG APTSPIM
2006-07ChilliwackWHL 67 n/a 8 23 31 -8 62 5 1 1 2 6
2007-08ChilliwackWHL 70 n/a 22 38 60 5 54 4 1 3 4 0
WHL Totals 137 … 30 61 91 -3 116 9 2 4 6 6