Dean “Scooter” Vrooman Sits Down with Winterhawks Legend Dennis Holland
Dennis Holland began his Winterhawks Hall of Fame career as a 16-year-old during the 1985-86 season, with three goals and two assists in his WHL debut. It set the stage for the next three years, when he would become one of the league’s most feared snipers with 36, 58 and 82 goals, respectively. He is the Winterhawks’ all-time leading goal scorer with 179, ranks third all-time in team history with 250 assists, and is second in franchise history with 429 points.
His 82 goals and 167 points in the 1988-89 season are both single-season franchise records (the goals mark is shared with Randy Heath). On November 23, 1988 against the Kamloops Blazers he set a franchise record, and tied a league record, with seven goals. He added an assist for eight total points that night, tying a team record, a mark he’d equal later that season on February 8, 1989 against the Spokane Chiefs.
That season he led the Winterhawks to the WHL championship series against the Swift Current Broncos. In 19 playoff games, Holland registered 15 goals and 22 assists for 37 points.
Holland currently works for the Dallas Stars in the NHL as an amateur scout.