Rangers Sign Goaltender Chris Holt to a Professional Contract
/ New York Rangers
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a professional contract with goaltender Chris Holt.
"Chris is another excellent goaltending prospect for our organization," stated Rangers Assistant and Goaltending Coach Benoit Allaire. "He possesses good size, technique and reflexes, allowing him to challenge the shooter with confidence. We're fortunate to add Chris to our organization's list of young goaltenders who will be making the next step in their development this year."
Holt, 20, appeared in 37 games with the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) last season, posting a 19-14-4 record, along with a 2.90 goals against average and a .903 save percentage. The sophomore ranked third in the CCHA with 991 saves and helped guide the Mavericks to a fourth place finish in the conference, matching the team's best finish in school history. Holt posted his first career shutout on November 19, when he stopped 39 shots in UNO's 4-0 victory against Ohio State. In three post-season contests, he posted a record of 2-1-0 with a goals against average of 3.33 and helped lead his club to the quarter final round of the CCHA Super 6 in Detroit, Michigan.
The 6-2, 230-pound goaltender has appeared in 64 career CCHA contests with the Mavericks, posting a 24-31-6 record, along with a 3.04 goals against average and a .902 save percentage. In 2003-04, Holt compiled a 5-17-2 record in 27 games as a freshman, along with a 3.24 goals against average and a .900 save percentage. He earned his first collegiate win on November 7, 2003 when the Mavericks defeated Lake Superior State 7-1. Holt also made a season-high 47 saves against Ferris State, earning his first career road victory on November 21.
Internationally, Holt represented the United States when he played for the National Team Development Program Under-18 Team and as a member of the Under-18 National Team at the 2003 IIHF World Championships. In two games at the World Championships, he recorded a 2.00 goals against average and a .939 save percentage.
The South Surrey, British Columbia native was the Rangers sixth round selection, 180th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.