Friday, March 23, 2012

EX-REGINA PATS

JOSH HOLDEN

by: Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston


Josh was born in Calgary, Alberta, he played with the Calgary Buffalos of the Alberta Midget Hockey League (AMHL) before spending four years as an offensive star with the WHL's Regina Pats. He was the Canucks first round draft pick in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

On Friday, March 20, 1998, in a game at the Regina Dome, before 6,029 fans, near the end of the game, a Regina Pat defenseman had just body checked a Warrior at the left side of the Regina net. Holden was trying to pass by the Warrior as he fell. Holden caught his skate and suffered a severe laceration to the back of his left hand. It was an injury that hurt the veteran, for I think he could have gone along ways in the National Hockey League (NHL).



Josh made his professional debut with the Vancouver Canucks during the 1998-99 season. He only played 30 games with the Canucks, while playing the remainder of the season with Vancouver's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate in Syracuse. The next two seasons he played in the minors, while seeing occasional work with the Canucks before being claimed by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2001 Waiver Draft. He only played eight games with the club before he was claimed on waivers yet again by this time by Vancouver.

After finishing the 2001-02 season with Vancouver's AHL affiliate in Manitoba, Holden was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the summer of 2002 and over the course of the next two seasons, spent most of his playing time with the club's AHL affiliate in St. John's.

On the international stage, Holden represented his homeland at the 1998 World Junior Championship.

During the 2004-05 National Hockey League (NHL) lockout, Holden went to Finland's SM-liiga League and played for HPK. While the NHL resumed play in 2005-06, Josh stayed in Europe, playing with HC Fribourg-Gotteron of the Switzerland's National League until 2007. He has stayed in the Swiss League,Langnu during the 2007-08 season and in 2008-09 Zug to the present.