Gregory Holst (born February 21, 1954 in Montreal, Quebec) was a professional ice hockey player who played eleven games in the National Hockey League. He played with the New York Rangers. After some years with the New York Rangers and also the AHL team of New Haven, he went to Europe by the end of the 1970s. Holst was active in the highest Austrian League, the Bundesliga. He became one of the most famous Canadian players being active in Austria, and after finishing his active career in 1993, he continued as a head coach for several Austrian teams. Holst was very successful with the Villacher SV, leading the team to three play-off participations and three vice championships between 2004 and 2006. By the end of the season 2005/06, Holst decided to return to his home country in order to organize his hockey school for talented young players, an institution he had been trying to inititate since 2003. Today, he and other coaches train around twenty young talents throughout the summer breaks.
In Austria and also the German-speaking neighbouring countries of Switzerland and Germany, Greg Holst became a "legend" for his interview after a match between his team, Villach, and the Vienna Capitals (final result: 4:5 after penalty shoot-out). His team had already led by 2 goals at the beginning of the last period, but eventually had to play shorthanded for over five minutes (three minutes of it with only three players on the ice), helping the team of Vienna to draw the game. Holst used the four-letter-word nine times (!) in one minute, with an interesting mixture of English and German with a Canadian-Austrian accent.
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