Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bill Houlder
Bill Houlder began playing hockey at a young age because in the cold Northern Ontario city of Thunder Bay, Ontario, there is not much else to do in such frigid winter weather. At 17, Houlder joined the OHL's North Bay Centennials in 1984-85, and scored 24 points as a rookie. The following season, he tallied 35 points from the blueline and in his final year, scored 17 goals and 68 points.

Houlder was drafted 82nd overall in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals. On December 1, 1987, he made his NHL debut in against the Stanley Cup champion Edmonton Oilers and on January 23, scored his first NHL goal against the Sabres' Tom Barrasso. He played 30 games that rookie season and tallied three points.

On September 30, 1990, Houlder was traded to the Buffalo Sabres for Shawn Anderson. He played seven games for the Sabres that season and ten games the following season. In 1992-93, he played 15 games for Buffalo and helped them reach the second round of the playoffs for the first time in ten years.

Houlder was claimed on waivers on June 24, 1993, in the Expansion Draft by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. That year, he joined the NHL ranks full time and tallied 39 points in 80 games. However, he was soon on the move once again, being sent on August 29, 1994, to the St. Louis Blues for Jason Marshall. In that shortened season, Houlder scored 18 points in 41 games.

On July 26, 1995, he signed as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Lightning. That year, he scored 28 points in 61 games as the Lightning made the playoffs for the first time in club history. In 1996-97, he scored 25 point in 79 games. On July 16, 1997, Houlder signed as a free agent with the San Jose Sharks. In his first season with his new team, he played all 82 games and had 32 points. In 1998-99, he recorded 32 points in 76 games.

The trade game landed on Houlder's name again on August 4, 1999, and he was traded with Andrei Zyuzin, Shawn Burr, and Steve Guolla to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Niklas Sundstrom and a third-round draft pick. But that, too, did not last long. On November 10, he was claimed on waivers by the Nashville Predators, where he remained until the end of the 2002-03 season.

Following the 2002-03 season, Bill Houlder retired from professional hockey.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1983-84 Thunder Bay Beavers TBJHL 23 4 18 22 37
1984-85 North Bay Centennials OHL 66 4 20 24 37 8 0 0 0 2
1985-86 North Bay Centennials OHL 59 5 30 35 97 10 1 6 7 12
1986-87 North Bay Centennials OHL 62 17 51 68 68 22 4 19 23 20
1987-88 Washington Capitals NHL 30 1 2 3 10 -2
1987-88 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 43 10 14 24 32
1988-89 Washington Capitals NHL 8 0 3 3 4 +7
1988-89 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 65 10 36 46 50
1989-90 Washington Capitals Fr-Tour 4 0 0 0 2
1989-90 Washington Capitals NHL 41 1 11 12 28 +8
1989-90 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 26 3 7 10 12 7 0 2 2 2
1990-91 Buffalo Sabres NHL 7 0 2 2 4 -2
1990-91 Rochester Americans AHL 69 13 53 66 28 15 5 13 18 4
1991-92 Buffalo Sabres NHL 10 1 0 1 8 -2
1991-92 Rochester Americans AHL 42 8 26 34 16 16 5 6 11 4
1992-93 Buffalo Sabres NHL 15 3 5 8 6 +5 8 0 2 2 4
1992-93 San Diego Gulls IHL 64 24 48 72 39
1993-94 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 80 14 25 39 40 -18
1994-95 St. Louis Blues NHL 41 5 13 18 20 +16 4 1 1 2 0
1995-96 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 61 5 23 28 22 +1 6 0 1 1 4
1996-97 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 79 4 21 25 30 +16
1997-98 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 7 25 32 48 +13 6 1 2 3 2
1998-99 San Jose Sharks NHL 76 9 23 32 40 +8 6 3 0 3 4
1999-00 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 14 1 2 3 2 -3
1999-00 Nashville Predators NHL 57 2 12 14 24 -6
2000-01 Nashville Predators NHL 81 4 12 16 40 -7
2001-02 Nashville Predators NHL 82 0 8 8 40 -1
2002-03 Nashville Predators NHL 82 2 4 6 46 -2
NHL Totals 846 59 191 250 412 30 5 6 11 14


AHL First All-Star Team (1991)
IHL First All-Star Team (1993)
Governor's Trophy (Outstanding Defenseman - IHL) (1993)
Traded to Buffalo by Washington for Shawn Anderson, September 30, 1990. Claimed by Anaheim from Buffalo in Expansion Draft, June 24, 1993. Traded to St. Louis by Anaheim for Jason Marshall, August 29, 1994. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 26, 1995. Signed as a free agent by San Jose, July 16, 1997. Traded to Tampa Bay by San Jose with Andrei Zyuzin, Shawn Burr and Steve Guolla for Niklas Sundstrom and NY Rangers' 3rd round pick (previously acquired, later traded to Chicago - Chicago selected Igor Radulov) in 2000 NHL Draft, August 4, 1999. Claimed on waivers by Nashville from Tampa Bay, November 10, 1999.
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