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St. John's IceCaps Player Profile - Bud Holloway

Profiling Bud Holloway's experience and scoring skills with the Habs AHL affiliate.

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George "Bud" Holloway has dipped his toes in the WHL, AHL and SHL, proving his scoring talent at each level. Although drafted 86th overall the Los Angeles Kings during the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, he has not yet had the opportunity to earn a point in the NHL. Given his output so far this year, he may very well get a shot at changing that.

While playing for the WHL Seattle Thunderbirds, Holloway played 282 regular season games, racking up 197 points (95 G, 102 A). From there, he went on to obtain the most points for the AHL Manchester Monarchs in two out of his three years with the team, collecting 120 points (54 G, 66A) in 191 games.

And he didn't lose a step when he moved overseas to join the Swedish Hockey League. Again, he led the Skelleftea AIK in two out of his three seasons, setting a new league record for most playoff points in the 2011-12 season, scoring 10 goals and totaling 23 points.

The following year, he totaled 71 points (20 G, 51 A) and became the second player in SHL history to score over 70 points in a single regular season. To wrap up his time in the SEL, Holloway won the Swedish Elite League scoring title in 2012-2013. He earned 37 points (13 G, 24 A) in 42 games after joining the Bern in Swiss League for the 2014-2015 season.

Holloway has long proven his good work ethic, an ability to be a solid leader, and his impressive resume makes him one of the only players on the St. John's IceCaps roster to fall into the official AHL veterans category. This typically means someone who has played 206 or more AHL, NHL and European elite league regular season games, and Holloway has 410 games to date.

After his four year stint in Europe, Holloway became a restricted free agent in the summer of 2015. With a number of NHL teams interested in scooping him up, he landed a one-year two-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens. He started on the second line with the IceCaps, but quickly moved up to the first. Now, he has established himself as a serious threat with the Habs' farm team.

While in Europe, Holloway was often referred to as "the kid over there" by a few of his teammates in their late thirties. Now, at 27 years old, Bud brings veteran leadership to his team. But to him, old means experience.

"At the end of the day, the biggest thing I've learned along the way is that whatever your age, it's all about being a good teammate, about earning the respect of your teammates. That can mean working hard in the gym and on the ice or simply being polite to people on and around your team, showing you care about them.

That's what being a professional means. That's what makes a team successful."

So far this year, Holloway sits second in AHL scoring with four goals and 15 total points through 14 games of action. If his performance out in Newfoundland is any indication, he just might be a regular NHL player in the years to come.