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|1975 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in sixth round
108 overall by Philadelphia Flyers
December 2, 1955
Height: 6-3 Weight: 210
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Birthplace: St. Paul, Minnesota (USA)
St. Paul, Minnesota
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
World Junior Championships: 1974 (fifth) (unofficial tournament)
AHAUS National Junior Championship: 1974 (St. Paul)
MWJHL Clark Cup: 1974 (St. Paul)
Miscellaneous: Also played football as an offensive guard and
linebacker for Harding High School in St. Paul, Minn. ... Played in first World Junior Championships in Leningrad, an
unofficial tournament that helped set stage for first official World Juniors
| Debut: March 25, 1976 (N.Y. Rangers at
Numbers: 17 (Philadelphia); 15 (Minnesota)
Stanley Cup: Never won.
Playing Status: Retired July 22, 1985
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
AWARDS AND HONORS
All-Star Game: 1981 (Philadelphia)
Stanley Cup Finals (Lost): 1980 (Phila.), 1987 (Phila.) (asst. coach)
Philadelphia Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1976-77 (201), 1979-80 (267),
Philadelphia Playoffs Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1979
Scouting Career: Named Philadelphia pro scout on Dec. 4, 1991, and
remained in that position until June 15, 1992.
Career: Named Philadelphia assistant coach on July 22, 1985, and remained
in that position until June 1, 1988. ... Named Philadelphia head coach on June
1, 1988, and remained in that position until Dec. 4, 1991. ... Named Hartford
head coach on June 15, 1992, and remained in that position until Nov. 16,
1993, when he stepped down to concentrate on his role as Hartford general
manager. ... Re-named Hartford head coach on June 28, 1994, and remained in
that position until Nov. 6, 1995.
Career: Named Hartford interim general manager on Sept. 8, 1993, and
remained in that position until June 28, 1994. ... Named Philadelphia director of pro scouting on
Jan. 11, 1996, and
remained in that position until Aug. 6, 1997. ... Named Philadelphia director
of player personnel on Aug. 6, 1997, and remained in position until June
14, 1999. ... Named Philadelphia assistant general manager on June 14, 1999, and
remained in position into 2002-03 season.
Miscellaneous: Wore face mask during 1976-77 season to protect his eye
after undergoing surgery to repair a scratched cornea late in 1975-76 season.
... Missed part of 1976-77 season with separated shoulder. ... Missed part of
1977-78 season with re-aggravation of shoulder injury. ... Played on
Philadelphia team that set NHL record with 35-game unbeaten streak from Oct.
14, 1979, to Jan. 6, 1980. ... Became first U.S.-born player to score a hat
trick in a Stanley Cup finals game when he achieved feat in Game 2 vs. N.Y.
Islanders on May 15, 1980. ... Missed start of 1981-82 season after separating
shoulder at Team USA's Canada Cup training camp in August 1981. ... Missed part of 1981-82 season with knee injury suffered in January 1982.
... Missed part of 1982-83 season with concussion, an injury suffered during
Philadelphia's March 10, 1983, game vs. Minnesota. ... Missed part of 1983
playoffs with sprained left knee suffered in May 1983. ... Left Philadelphia
in 1984 as the team's all-time penalty-minutes leader with 1,600 PIM (record
since broken). ... Missed part of 1983-84 season with bruised left shoulder,
an injury suffered while playing for Philadelphia in January 1984. He
reinjured the shoulder while playing for Minnesota in March 1984 and required
shoulder surgery on April 28, 1984, ending his season during the 1984
playoffs. ... Missed part of 1984-85 season after separating shoulder again in
October 1984, an injury that required more surgery in December 1984. ...
Missed most of 1984-85 season recovering from his second shoulder surgery. NHL rules
only let him collect on a disability settlement
if he played fewer than 20 regular-season and playoff games after the
initial surgery. Having played 19 games through the end of the
1985 playoffs, Holmgren was urged to retire by Minnesota GM Lou Nanne.
Initially unwilling to retire, he made the decision after being offered an
assistant coaching job in Philadelphia. ... Was first former Philadelphia
player to be named team's head coach. ... Arrested for drunken driving in
Gloucester Township, N.J., on March 9, 1992, while he was working as a
Philadelphia scout. His driver's license was suspended on June 17, 1992 ...
Took indefinite leave of absence from role as Hartford general manager in
April 1994 after being charged with drunken driving in Simsbury, Conn., on
March 31, 1994. He was also charged with evading responsibility for damage
done by a one-car accident near his home. Released on bond, he agreed to enter
the Betty Ford Clinic in Racho Mirage, Calif., to treat his alcoholism. He
later pleaded no contest at his trial and was given a six-month suspended, a
year of probation and a $578 fine.
The van Hellemond Incident:
Holmgren was suspended five games during the 1981-82 season for punching
referee Andy van Hellemond in the chest during Philadelphia's Dec. 9,
1981, game at Pittsburgh. The incident occurred after Holmgren had received a
game misconduct penalty for instigating a fight with Paul Baxter. When
Holmgren learned of the penalty he reached over linesman Bob Hodges, who was
restraining him, and punched van Hellemond. He was given another game
misconduct, which led to an automatic two-game suspension. Three games and a
$500 fine were added at a subsequent NHL disciplinary hearing. Holmgren
claimed he was angry at van Hellemond for not giving Baxter an equal penalty
and simply lost control of himself. Officials were angry that Holmgren did not
receive a harsher penalty, arguing that the NHL was not protecting them.
|Post-Draft Teams: Johnstown (NAHL); Minnesota
(WHA); Richmond (AHL)|
Olympics: 1998 (5-8 place) (as assistant
World Cup of Hockey: 1996 (first place) (as assistant coach)
AWARDS AND HONORS
WHA Draft Pick: 1974 (by Edmonton,
No. 67 overall in Round 5)
Education: Attended Villanova
University during off-seasons of his playing days in Philadelphia.
Miscellaneous: WHA rights sold by
Edmonton to Minnesota in July 1975. ... Was on Minnesota (WHA) team that
folded on Feb. 27, 1976. Left WHA and signed with Philadelphia for
remainder of 1975-76 season. ... Suffered scratched cornea while playing for
Richmond late in 1975-76 season and was rushed to surgery in Boston
hospital. Had allergic reaction to the anesthetic, which nearly cost him
his life. .. Invited to play for Team USA in 1981 Canada
Cup, but was injured during the training camp. ... Was manager of
Philadelphia's off-season charity softball team during his playing days. ...
Was known for his extreme workouts and off-season training program during his
playing days and was one of the best conditioned athletes in all of sports.
... Named one of the 50 greatest players in University of Minnesota hockey
history as part of "Legends on Ice" tribute in 2001.
Personal: Full name is Paul Howard
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
|TRADE: Philadelphia traded Holmgren to
Minnesota for Paul Guay and 1985 third-round pick (Darryl Gilmour) on February
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