WLA Mourns the loss of Mike Holden

by Jake Richardson

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mike Holden, a beloved star of the Burnaby Cablevision Junior A teams of the 1970s, on Friday, January 13th after a long illness. 


 Mike began his lacrosse career in Burnaby and joined the Junior A team in 1972, where he played for four outstanding seasons. During this time, he scored 132 goals and 279 assists for a total of 413 points. His 98 assists in 1975 is the sixth highest total in B.C Junior A History, his 279 career assists the second most in Burnaby Junior A history and fourth in provincial Junior A history. While his 413 points sits third in Burnaby and twelfth in Junior A history. He was a three-time All-Star and helped lead the Cables to a Minto Cup berth in 1975.

After graduating from the Junior ranks, Mike played five seasons in the WLA, split between the Vancouver Burrards, Coquitlam Adanacs, and Nanaimo Timbermen, accumulating 260 points in 97 Senior A games. 

In addition to his stellar playing career, Mike was a very successful minor lacrosse coach, guiding Burnaby teams to provincial titles in Pee Wee, Bantam, and Midget divisions.