12-Year NHL Defenseman Retires, Joins Golden Knights Staff

After 12 seasons in the NHL, veteran defenseman Nick Holden has officially announced his retirement. Along with the news, the Vegas Golden Knights have added him to their player development staff. 

Holden was one of the more notable defensemen still available on the free-agent market, and it seemed possible that he would be able to secure a one-year deal somewhere. However, he has instead elected to hang up the skates and put an end to a solid career. 

Holden appeared in 65 games last season with the Ottawa Senators, where he had two goals to go along with 16 points.

In 654 career NHL games split between the Columbus Blue Jackets, Colorado Avalanche, New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, Golden Knights, and Senators, Holden had 52 goals, 126 assists, and 178 points.

We here at NHLTR would like to congratulate Holden on a fine career and wish him luck on his new gig with the Golden Knights.

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