You ain’t hockey-famous until you get a feature on Hockey Night in Canada. As of right now, Caps goalie Braden Holtby is officially famous. On CBC’s Inside Hockey segment (brought to you by the little blue pill), 30-dimensional thinker Elliotte Friedman gave Holtby and his family the Barbara Walters treatment.
In the video beyond the jump, Friedman talks to Holtby about growing up in Saskatchewan, following in his father’s footsteps with the Saskatoon Blades, Holtbyisms (natch), and how he keeps cool under pressure. Braden gives an affable interview, but he also talks about controlling his emotions as if he were a Vulcan. Holtby’s parents get some good screen time while rocking Caps merch (check out Braden’s dad Greg rolling his eyes during the Holtbyisms chat), but the star of the clip is Holtby’s hair.
Goodness gracious. Just look at it.
For convenience sake, I looked up those books Friedman mentions at the start. Mind Gym by Gary Mack (2002, McGraw-Hill) is a well reviewed book about sports psychology containing “the same techniques and exercises he uses to help elite athletes build mental “muscle.”” The Greatness Guide by Robin Sharma (2008, HarperCollins) has a blurb that reads like a Joel Osteen lecture. I’m not gonna go near these books, but if you’re looking to get ahead on your studies for next semester, give RMNB a book report on either one.