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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 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 26 37 15 63
M. Ribeiro 82 15 47 11 62
R. Josi 81 15 40 15 55
S. Weber 78 15 30 15 45
C. Smith 82 23 21 11 44
C. Wilson 77 20 22 19 42
M. Fisher 59 19 20 4 39
J. Neal 67 23 14 12 37
R. Ellis 58 9 18 8 27
S. Jones 82 8 19 3 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61