MSU heads to Oxford, Ohio for CCHA Quarterfinals
Spartans ready for final CCHA Championship Tournament
MSU welcomes Western Michigan for weekend series.
Both teams at critical juncture as regular season winds down
Prior to MSU: Selected in the fourth round (102nd overall) by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft ... Came to MSU after three seasons with the Okotoks organization ... In 47 games in 2011-12, owned a 3-7-10 scoring line with a team-high 223 penalty minutes, which ranked fourth in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL)... Nominated for AHJL Defenseman of the Year ... Two of his three goals on the season were game-winners ... Helped Okotoks to a second-place finish in the AJHL South Division his final season ... Was an All-League selection and won the "Rock Solid" award his final year as well ... Won a gold medal with Team Canada-West at the World Junior A Challenge in November 2011, in Langley, BC, downing Team Canada-East... Joined the Oilers as a 16-year old in the 2009-2010 season, playing in 57 games, scoring three goals and adding eight assists en route to Rookie of the Year honors and was a All-Rookie Team selection ... In 2010-11, was named to Team West for the World Junior A Challenge ... Played in only 31 games with the Oilers due to injury ... Recorded a pair of goals and nine assists in limited action.
Personal: Born Sept. 25, 1993 in Calgary, Alberta .... Son of Len and Jerrie Holland ... Mother played basketball in college ... Has one sister, Madison, who is studying broadcasting at Mount Royal College ... Graduated from Holy Trinity Academy in 2011 ... Enjoys fishing, hunting, and hiking when away from the rink ... Enjoys the play of LA Kings defenseman Matt Greene, who he tries to model his game after ... Lists his idol as longtime NHL'er and cancer survivor Saku Koivu, because "he battled tremendous amounts of adversity, yet remained successful" ... Considers his father his greatest hockey influence, as he stuck with him through the ups and downs and made him into the player he is today.
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