Photo credit: Matt Slocum
Fresh-faced Braden Holtby will be starting in net for the Washington Capitals on Saturday night. With Holtby relieving Caps #1 goalie Philipp Grubauer after two weeks of inactivity, this seems like the right time to get to know the new guy in the Capitals uniform, who — we have learned– goes by the nickname Holtby and is from the nation of Canada.
I had the opportunity to meet Braden during the lockout, when he was playing with the Hershey Bears. The conversation got pretty deep.
I asked for his favorite things.
Favorite food: Sushi
Favorite player growing up: Patrick Roy
Favorite genre of music: indie-rock / “Whatever Ovechkin doesn’t like.”
Favorite thing to do: “Right now just spend time with my family… and fantasy baseball.”
Favorite Ovi moment: I don’t know. His play in playoffs [in 2011-12].
Favorite Dale Hunter moment: “Ability to calm us down after every win or loss.”
Favorite movie: Anchorman.
Favorite piece of fan mail: “Anything you get from kids is pretty cute. The young four- or five-years-olds draw you pictures, you try to decipher what they are. It’s pretty cute.”
Best part of being Braden Holtby: “Getting to do what I love for a living.
With Benjamin here now, will there be three generations of Holtby goalies? “Oh, I hope not. It’s not as stressful for him. It’d be more stressful for the parents. But no, whatever he wants to do he can do.”
Holtby will actually get to do what he loves for a living tonight. Let’s welcome him to the Washington Capitals warmly.