Sunday, October 25, 2009

Otters acquire Derek Holden from Peterborough

Press Release

The Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League announced today that they have traded defenseman Christopher Breen and a conditional sixth round draft pick in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection to the Peterborough Petes in exchange for right wing/defenseman Derek Holden.

Originally selected with Peterborough’s third round pick (44th overall) in the 2007 OHL Priority Selection, the 18 year-old Holden played 92 games with the Petes, collecting 27 assists. A native of Peterborough, Holden is expected to arrive in time for this weekend’s home games against Niagara and Sault Ste. Marie.

Breen departs from Erie after playing 71 games for the Otters, picking up 14 assists. The 6-7, 225-lb. defenseman was acquired from the Saginaw Spirit on October 7, 2008. The defender has played in 196 OHL games, tallying a goal and 23 assists.

The Otters return to action at home Friday night against the Niagara IceDogs at 7:00 p.m, followed by Breast Cancer Awareness Night Saturday at 7:00 p.m. against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Fans can purchase tickets through the Tullio Arena box office, online at, or by calling 814-452-8657.

Hockey for the Hungry returns to Tullio Arena! Donate a non-perishable food item at drop-off locations in the Erie-area or at the Otters front office and receive a complimentary ticket to the Otters’ home game against the Guelph Storm on October 28 at 7:00 p.m. It’s also Buck Night, with dollar hot dogs, popcorn, beer and pop, adding up to the best sports entertainment value in Northwestern Pennsylvania. All proceeds from the food drive will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Erie Otters Mini-Ticket Packages are available to keep you in the action. Packages can be tailored to meet every fan’s schedule and budget. Reserve your seats in six, 10 or 17-game packages and receive valuable benefits and special offers. Call the Otters Office at 814-455-7779 to purchase your package or for more information.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at

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