Artist’s rendition of Benjamin Hunter. (We’ll update later with a real photo. We apologize for scaring you.)

As we’ve heard from multiple players in this postseason and in years past, competing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is one of the most intense and stressful things that many of these players will ever go through. Most of them have tried to simplify their lives as much as they’re able, but for Braden Holtby, simplifying completely was just not possible.

That’s because his fiancee, Brandi Bodnar, was pregnant, and her due date was right around the time of the playoffs. Braden himself has not spoken about this to the media, he’s simply continued to focus on the task at hand while, we assume, at least part of his thoughts were off the ice with his fiancee and future child.

This afternoon, Brandi had her baby, and according to the Caps they’ve chosen to name him Benjamin Hunter Holtby. We can’t wait for Dale’s soundbite on this.

The only way this story could have a better ending is if Benjamin’s daddy can bring home that silver, shiny thing in June.

  • Ana

    For the record, Holtby’s mother’s maiden name is also Hunter. Suckup to coach? Tribute to mom? WHO KNOWS.

  • Rhino40


  • That picture might be the creepiest thing I’ve ever seen.

  • Sgt. Hartman

    Congratulations to this fine family! Good timing, too. Holtby now has a great excuse for not changing any diapers and sleeping through the night. That should be motivation enough to get him through mid-June.

  • Capital_Punishment

    You can tell it is Holtby’s kid, it was born with facial hair.

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  • It’s not uncommon for people to use their mom’s maiden name for their kids.

  • That picture will haunt me in my sleep. And while I’m awake. And probably long after I’m dead.

    Major congrats to the whole Holtby family. There are unconfirmed reports that after finishing the delivery, Brandi took a water bottle off the bedside table and squirted it on the wall behind her.

  • And Dale’s not exactly the first person you’d suck up to. Typically you save brownnosing for people who might actually be susceptible to it, and from what I know of Huntsy, he’s not.

  • @CapsFans1921

    Where was the young lad born? Is his fiance’ in DC, PA, or Canada? Just curious if he was there at all during the birth or delivery.

    All the more reason for “Daddy” Holts to succeed in this post season.

    Go Caps!