HOLDEN ASSIGNED TO FALCONS
Springfield, Mass. - The Springfield Falcons announced on Tuesday that defenseman Nick Holden has been assigned to the club by its NHL affiliate, the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Holden, who was recalled by the Blue Jackets for the first time this season on Feb. 3, played in two games during his stint with Columbus, going scoreless while compiling a +1 rating and averaging 8:35 of ice time. He is tied for second among Springfield defensemen with 22 points (4g-18a) and is fourth among all Falcon skaters at +13 in 44 contests.
A fifth-year pro, Holden made his NHL debut with the Blue Jackets in 2010-2011 and was scoreless for Columbus that season in five games. He has played in 266 AHL contests, totaling 101 points (21g-80a) with the Falcons and the Syracuse Crunch. Holden, a 25-year-old from St. Albert, Alberta, has been under contract with Columbus during his entire professional career and was re-signed to a one-year agreement by the Blue Jackets on June 30, 2012.
After heading to Bridgeport to take on the Sound Tigers tonight, the Eastern Conference-leading Falcons return home for three games over three days this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the MassMutual Center.
Fans attending Friday's "Battle of the Bay State" against the Worcester Sharks, presented by Comcast, will have the opportunity to win a brand new, high-definition television courtesy of Manny's TV & Appliances as part of "Flat-Screen Friday." As part of USA Hockey's "Hockey Weekend Across America," the Falcons encourage all fans to wear their favorite hockey jersey to The Nest on Friday evening.
On Saturday, when Springfield welcomes the Portland Pirates back to the Pioneer Valley, the first 1,000 fans into the building will receive a Falcons winter hat, courtesy of Health New England. Fans can also win a free bicycle from Gus Coelho Auto Repair at 442 Holyoke St. in Ludlow as part of "Cycle Saturday."
The Falcons will hold their annual team poster giveaway, courtesy of Friendly's, on Sunday versus the Adirondack Phantoms. Following the action, fans are invited to participate in a postgame skate, presented by Western New England University, before having their posters signed by Falcons players in the MassMutual Center concourse.
Friday and Saturday's games begin at 7:00 p.m. Sunday's contest starts at 3:00 p.m.
Single-game tickets to see the Falcons in 2012-2013 can be purchased at the MassMutual Center Box Office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. through game time on Saturday home dates, and starting four hours prior to Sunday home contests. Fans can also purchase tickets by logging onto Ticketmaster.com. For information about discounted group packages to Falcons home games, call (413) 739-GOAL (4625).