Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brian Holzinger
Growing up in Ohio, most kids were keen on playing football or baseball, but Brian Holzinger gravitated to hockey. He was the star player on his high school team and moved on to play Junior A hockey in Detroit before enrolling at Bowling Green University in 1991. Holzinger, who had a wealth of talent, realized that the chances of making it into the professional ranks would not be easy, so he decided to get an education while at the same time being able to develop his game in the competitive NCAA.

During his first year at Bowling Green in 1991-92, he scored 22 points as a CCHA freshman. In 1992-93, he improved to 31 goals and 57 points and was named a CCHA Second Team All-Star. In 1993-94, Holzinger scored 37 points. In 1994-95, he scored 35 goals and 68 points and was named both a CCHA First Team All-Star and a NCAA West First Team All-American. He also won the Hobey Baker as the top college player in the United States.

Holzinger was drafted 124th overall in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres. In the shortened 1994-95 season, he made his NHL debut on April 16 against Ottawa. In the playoffs, he scored two goals and one assist in four games. In 1995-96, Holzinger played 58 games as a rookie and scored 20 points for the Sabres. In 1996-97, he joined the Sabres full time and helped the team improve 19 points to win the Northeast Division title. In 81 games, Holzinger scored 22 goals and 51 points. In 1997-98, he scored 35 points in 69 games and helped the Sabres reach the Eastern Conference finals before losing to the Washington Capitals.

The best year for Holzinger and the Sabres came in 1998-99, when the club advanced to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since 1975, before losing to the Dallas Stars. Holzinger was traded on March 9, 2000 with Cory Sarich, Wayne Primeau, and a third-round draft pick to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Chris Gratton and a second-round draft pick. In 73 games between the two teams, Holzinger had 30 points.

Holzinger went on to spend three more seasons in the Tampa Bay organization before he was dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the trading deadline in 2003. Upon his arrival in Pittsburgh the former Hobey Baker winner didn't even get the opportunity to play one full season with the club, as he was dealt to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the latter stages of the 2003-04 season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1988-89 Padua Franciscan High High-OH 35 73 65 138
1989-90 Detroit Compuware Ambassadors NAHL 44 36 37 73
1990-91 Detroit Compuware Ambassadors NAHL 37 45 41 86 16
1991-92 Bowling Green University CCHA 30 14 8 22 36
1991-92 United States WJC-A 7 1 1 2 2
1992-93 Bowling Green University CCHA 41 31 26 57 44
1993-94 Bowling Green University CCHA 38 22 15 37 24
1994-95 Bowling Green University CCHA 38 35 33 68 42
1994-95 Buffalo Sabres NHL 4 0 3 3 0 +2 4 2 1 3 2
1995-96 Buffalo Sabres NHL 58 10 10 20 37 -21
1995-96 Rochester Americans AHL 17 10 11 21 14 19 10 14 24 10
1996-97 Buffalo Sabres NHL 81 22 29 51 54 +9 12 2 5 7 8
1997-98 Buffalo Sabres NHL 69 14 21 35 36 -2 15 4 7 11 18
1998-99 Buffalo Sabres NHL 81 17 17 34 45 +2 21 3 5 8 33
1999-00 Buffalo Sabres NHL 59 7 17 24 30 +4
1999-00 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 14 3 3 6 21 -7
2000-01 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 70 11 25 36 64 -9
2001-02 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 23 1 2 3 4 -4
2002-03 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 5 0 1 1 2 +1
2002-03 Springfield Falcons AHL 28 6 20 26 16 +3
2002-03 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 9 1 2 3 6 -6
2003-04 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 61 6 15 21 38 -27
2003-04 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 13 1 0 1 2 -4
2004-05
NHL Totals 547 93 145 238 339 52 11 18 29 61


CCHA Second All-Star Team (1993)
CCHA First All-Star Team (1995)
CCHA Player of the Year (1995)
NCAA West First All-American Team (1995)
Hobey Baker Memorial Award (Top U.S. Collegiate Player) (1995)
Traded to Tampa Bay by Buffalo with Cory Sarich, Wayne Primeau and Buffalo's 3rd round pick (Alexander Kharitonov) in 2000 NHL Draft for Chris Gratton and Tampa Bay's 2nd round pick (Derek Roy) in 2001 NHL Draft, March 9, 2000.
Missed majority of 2001-02 due to shoulder injury vs. Florida, October 7, 2001. Traded to Pittsburgh by Tampa Bay for Marc Bergevin, March 11, 2003. Traded to Columbus by Pittsburgh for Lasse Pirjeta, March 9, 2004.
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