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Justin Holl (born January 30, 1992) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was originally drafted in the second round, 54th overall, by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Justin Holl
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Holl with the Toronto Marlies in 2018
Born (1992-01-30) January 30, 1992 (age 27)
Tonka Bay, Minnesota, U.S.
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
NHL team Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL Draft 54th overall, 2010
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 2014–present

In 2018, Holl became the first defenseman in Maple Leaf history to record two goals in his first two NHL games. In the same year, he helped the American Hockey League (AHL)'s Toronto Marlies win their first Calder Cup.

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Playing careerEdit

Holl attended Minnetonka High School from 2007 to 2010. In his senior year at Minnetonka High School, he was named a finalist for Minnesota Mr. Hockey, an award given to the best senior high school hockey player in Minnesota.[1]

Holl was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round, 54th overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft; however, he committed to playing for the University of Minnesota. He played four seasons with the University of Minnesota before splitting his time during the 2014–15 season between Chicago's minor league affiliates: the Indy Fuel of the ECHL and the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League (AHL).[2]

 
Holl (right) with the Toronto Marlies during the 2018 Calder Cup Final.

Since he never signed an entry-level contract with the Blackhawks, Holl was a free agent and signed an AHL contract with the Toronto Marlies in 2015. One year later, on July 2, 2016, he signed an NHL entry-level contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.[3][2] He was assigned to the Marlies for the 2016–17 season. During the 2016–17 season, he was named an alternate captain for the Marlies.

During the 2017–18 season, Holl was selected for the 2018 AHL All-Star Game in Utica, New York.[4][5] He was called up to the NHL on an emergency basis on January 31, 2018, to replace an ill Ron Hainsey.[6][7] He made his NHL debut that night in a game against the New York Islanders. During this game, he scored his first NHL goal to help the Leafs win 5–0.[8][9] It marked the first time since 1978 that a Maple Leafs defenseman scored in his NHL debut.[10][11] On February 1, in a game against the New York Rangers, Holl scored his second NHL goal to become the first Maple Leafs defenseman to score two goals in his first two games.[12][13] As well, he became only the sixth defenseman in NHL history to score in each of his first two games.[13] He was reassigned to the Marlies on February 3 after defenseman Morgan Rielly was activated off injured reserve.[14] Holl continued to succeed in the AHL, setting a new career-high in points and assists during the regular season. During the 2018 Calder Cup playoffs, he recorded 5 points in 20 games to help the Marlies win their first Calder Cup in franchise history.[15]

On July 3, 2018, Holl signed a two-year, $1.35 million contract extension with the Maple Leafs.[16] He attended the Leafs' training camp prior to the 2018–19 season and was named to the opening night roster.[17] He was a healthy scratch for the Leafs' first 12 games of the season, playing in his first game on November 1 against the Dallas Stars.[18] As a result of injuries and illnesses, Holl replaced Igor Ozhiganov in the Leafs lineup[19] and recorded his first career assist in a 7–6 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on March 15, 2019.[20][21]

PersonalEdit

While studying at the University of Minnesota, Holl majored in Finance at the Carlson School of Management.[22] His parents are Jerry and Sue Holl.[22] Holl's cousin Mike Erickson also played hockey for the University of Minnesota and was drafted 72nd overall by the Minnesota Wild in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.[22][23] He married his fiancé Audrey in August 2019.[24]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Minnetonka High USHS 24 0 1 1 0
2008–09 Minnetonka High USHS 28 1 6 7 4
2009–10 Minnetonka High USHS 25 17 14 31 8 6 3 3 6 0
2009–10 Omaha Lancers USHL 11 0 4 4 6 8 1 1 2 4
2010–11 University of Minnesota WCHA 25 1 6 7 12
2011–12 University of Minnesota WCHA 43 3 8 11 34
2012–13 University of Minnesota WCHA 35 3 4 7 10
2013–14 University of Minnesota B1G 39 1 12 13 20
2014–15 Indy Fuel ECHL 66 7 27 34 39
2014–15 Rockford IceHogs AHL 2 0 0 0 0
2015–16 Toronto Marlies AHL 60 5 16 21 15 15 0 4 4 2
2016–17 Toronto Marlies AHL 72 8 11 19 30 11 1 6 7 2
2017–18 Toronto Marlies AHL 60 7 21 28 34 20 3 2 5 16
2017–18 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 2 2 0 2 0
2018–19 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 11 0 1 1 2
NHL totals 13 2 1 3 2

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
College
All-WCHA Academic 2012, 2013 [25]
AHL
All-Star Game 2018 [4]
Calder Cup (Toronto Marlies) 2018 [26]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mr. Hockey Finalists Announced". NHL.com. February 11, 2010. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Maple Leafs sign free agent Justin Holl". NHL.com. July 2, 2016. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
  3. ^ "Leafs sign defenceman Justin Holl to entry-level deal". sportsnet.ca. July 2, 2016. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Justin Holl Named to 2018 AHL All-Star Classic". marlies.ca. January 24, 2018. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  5. ^ Hornby, Lance (January 30, 2018). "Marlies feeling good going into break". Toronto Sun. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
  6. ^ "Leafs recall Justin Holl on emergency basis, Ron Hainsey questionable". sportsnet.ca. January 31, 2018. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
  7. ^ "Maple Leafs Recall Justin Holl on Emergency Basis". NHL.com. January 31, 2018. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
  8. ^ "New York Islanders - Toronto Maple Leafs - January 31st, 2018". NHL.com. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  9. ^ Associated Press (February 1, 2018). "Holl scores in NHL debut as Maple Leafs blank Islanders 5-0". Toronto: The Washington Post. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  10. ^ @SNStats (January 31, 2018). "Justin Holl becomes the first #Leafs defenceman to score in his NHL debut since Ron Wilson (yes THAT Ron Wilson) on March 4, 1978" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  11. ^ "Dermott scores first NHL goal, makes proud dad tear up". NHL.com. January 31, 2018. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  12. ^ McGran, Kevin (February 1, 2017). "Leafs blank Rangers for fourth straight win". New York: Toronto Star. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  13. ^ a b Satriano, David (February 1, 2018). "Holl scores again, Maple Leafs shut out Rangers". NHL.com. New York. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  14. ^ "Maple Leafs Loan Justin Holl to Toronto Marlies". NHL.com. Toronto Maple Leafs. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  15. ^ McGran, Kevin (June 14, 2018). "Toronto Marlies capture first Calder Cup". The Toronto Star. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  16. ^ "Leafs sign defenceman Justin Holl to 2-year contract". sportsnet.ca. July 3, 2018. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  17. ^ Proteau, Adam (October 1, 2018). "Leafs finalize opening-night roster". NHL.com. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  18. ^ Shilton, Kristen (November 1, 2018). "Holl finally gets his shot against the Stars". TSN.ca. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  19. ^ Johnston, Chris (March 15, 2019). "Leafs feeling sense of urgency to right the ship, but not panicking yet". sportsnet.ca. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  20. ^ Koshan, Terry (March 15, 2019). "Maple Leafs rally at home, score five in a row to beat Flyers". Toronto Sun. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  21. ^ @LeafsPR (March 15, 2019). "Justin Holl's third period assist is the first of his NHL career. #LeafsForever" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  22. ^ a b c "JUSTIN HOLL". gophersports.com. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
  23. ^ "MIKE ERICKSON". eliteprospects.com. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  24. ^ "Well, that was certainly fun. Huge thank you to everybody that made the effort to come out and celebrate. Also shout out to my new WIFE @audreyeholl , couldn't pick a better person to spend forever with!". instagram.com. August 1, 2019. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  25. ^ "WCHA ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM" (PDF). wcha.com. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  26. ^ "Marlies bring a hockey championship to Toronto, win Calder Cup". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. June 15, 2018. Retrieved June 15, 2018.

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