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10th: Bill Houlder

Thursday, 03.13.2008 / 5:20 AM CT / 10th Anniversary
By Kevin Wilson  - Nashville Predators
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10th: Bill Houlder
10th Anniversary Profile: Bill Houlder

Known for his shaved head, horseshoe mustache and deep voice, Bill Houlder was a positive veteran influence in the Nashville Predators locker room from 1999-2003. In his 302 games, he mentored the likes of Kimmo Timonen, Karlis Skrastins and Mark Eaton from prospects to NHL mainstays.

Originally claimed on waivers from Tampa Bay, Houlder averaged 20-plus minutes a game for three seasons, and going largely unrecognized for his gritty on-ice contributions. Arguably the most memorable moment involving the 6-2, 220-pound blue liner in a Preds uniform was Dec. 30, 2002, when he scored 7:42 into the third period to lift Nashville to a 3-2 victory over Ottawa.

The Thunder Bay, Ontario native played 300 of a possible 301 straight games, finally retiring as a Predator following the 2002-03 season. In 16 National Hockey League seasons, Houlder played 846 career games for seven teams, accumulating 250 points (59g-191a), 44 (8g-36a) of which came as a Predator.
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STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 53 32 18 3 146 124 67
5 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
6 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
7 COL 57 28 25 4 153 158 60
8 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
9 MIN 54 23 21 10 133 134 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 53 25 25 3 143 156 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 54 11 27 -3 38
F. Forsberg 54 17 18 -7 35
S. Weber 54 14 21 -5 35
M. Ribeiro 54 6 27 2 33
J. Neal 54 19 13 18 32
M. Ekholm 54 6 18 3 24
R. Ellis 53 6 16 2 22
C. Smith 54 11 7 -2 18
C. Jarnkrok 53 9 8 0 17
C. Wilson 37 4 12 -1 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 18 7 .903 2.54
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36