Jonas Holøs is a 26-year-old defenseman from Sarpsborg, Norway. He was drafted 170th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche - just weeks after he was invited to the Chicago Blackhawks’ try-out camp. Holøs would go on to play the next two seasons for Farjestads BK in the Elitserien (Sweden’s top-tier league) before getting a chance to play for the Avalanche.

During the 2010-11 season, Holøs played 39 games in the NHL, registering 6 points (all assists) and 10 penalty minutes. He also played for the Avs‘ AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters, suiting up for 17 games and registering 6 assists and 8 penalty minutes. He appeared in 7 games in the AHL playoffs that year, scoring a goal and an assist.

Per mutual agreement, he left North America after the season and went to play for the Växjö Lakers of the Elitserien, despite his NHL contract being for two years, not just one. He played two seasons in Sweden before signing a contract with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL, where he spent the past two seasons. He’s currently without a contract and is looking for a new team.

Holøs is well-known for his unusually high average ice-time, which is mostly over 25 minutes per game. He’s also an experienced national team player, who has not missed any of the past 10 World Championships. He also played at the Olympics. The Avalanche have his rights, but their rights will expire this summer. If he doesn’t sign with them until then, he’ll be able to sign with any NHL team.

The European Avs website Eurolanche has conducted an interview with former Colorado Avalanche defense-man Jonas Holøs, which you can read at the source. In which they write that his agent confirms to have been talking to Colorado Avalanche lately, but no offers have been made. If the Avs don’t pull the trigger here, it would be interesting to see if any other NHL teams want him. 

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Jonas Holøs, arguably Norway’s best defense-man, ex-Colorado Avalanche and most recently Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, has signed a 1+1 year contract with Färjestad BK in the SHL. Although he confirms the Pittsburgh Penguins showed interest in him, no specific offer ever materialized. And one NHL club has told him they don’t have a spot for before next year… Holøs is anyway happy to return to Färjestad, with whom he became Swedish champion in 2009. 

“Jonas is a great two-way player with a huge capacity, and it makes us happy that he wants to return.” says coach Tommy Samuelsson.

Karlstad isn’t too far from the Norwegian border, and sure enough, Färjestad has always been part Norwegian in terms of players. This season will be no different, as Holøs joins country-men and buddies from the national team Ole-Kristian Tollefsen, Lars Haugen, Martin Røymark and (the injured since 2013, but improving) Marius Holtet.

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What-do-you-know. There’s an article about Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the Norwegian press, including an interview with the resident defensive machine, Jonas Holøs.

On Lokomotiv surprisingly defeating two of the playoff favourites:

“He (Dave King) is one of the best coaches I’ve ever had. He changed the momentum here. We’re being told all the time that we’re practically unrecognizable as a team.”

On local support after Lokomotiv Yaroslavl’s devastating accident three years ago, where the entire team died when their airplane crashed.

“The accident makes this city appreciate our performance even more. We’ve advanced through the playoffs because we’re humble, and we’ve worked the hardest. Not because we’ve got the best team, because we haven’t.”

Norwegian hockey pro Jonas Holøs had a good couple of matches for Norway recently in Arosa, Switzerland. But back in Russia, reality awaits.

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl have yet to get their hands on a place in the playoffs, and due to the weakened Russian currency, his salary has more or less been halved. 

He has this to say about the current atmosphere in the club:

“There are crisis meeting all the time now, and it’s not a club where everyone walks around smiling, that’s for sure. But last year we snagged a place in the play-offs two rounds before the end of the regular season, and went all the way to a semi-final, so… I still think we’ll make it.”

Although they manage to drag out of him that he wouldn’t mind playing in the NHL again, he’s mostly focused on the current season and the World Championship. 

“As to what is most tempting as of next year, KHL play might not be at the top of my list, considering how things are developing.”

Journalist: “Perhaps we’ll see you back in Sparta Sarpsborg (GET Liga)?”

Jonas Holøs: At the rate things are happening today, I won’t rule out anything.“

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Avalanche Reassigns Three Players

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has reassigned three players, reducing its 2011 preseason roster to 31.

The following three players have been reassigned to the American Hockey League training camp:

Pos.  Player                     Team (League)
D       Cameron Gaunce    Lake Erie (AHL)
D       Jonas Holos            Lake Erie (AHL)
C       Ryan Stoa               Lake Erie (AHL)