The Story Behind This Braden Holtby Selfie


Editor’s Note: RMNB reader Lily P. went to Washington Capitals practice a few days before the NHL’s Christmas break. Instead of asking a player for an autograph or a photo with them, she went high concept. Here is her story.

After wanting to go for a very, very long time, I finally went to a Caps practice at Kettler on December 23rd. I had a very special experience. One of my favorite players is Braden Holtby and I really wanted to meet him. He was practically the last guy on the ice that day but as he started making his way towards the locker room, he turned and walked back towards the fence where I was after a few kids shouted his name.

Despite looking absolutely exhausted, Braden signed a whole bunch of autographs. I was really close in line petrified, not knowing what to do.

At that moment, my sister, who was there beside me, gave me a nudge and shared a creative idea. “Give your phone to Braden,” she said. “Have him take a selfie!”

“What?” I said back to her, not knowing if Braden would be hip to the language.

After a few seconds of tentativeness, I just went with it.

As Holtby looked at me, I handed him my mobile device and said, “Can you take a selfie with my phone?!”

Braden obliged, and started examining my phone. After a minute or so, he looked unsure what to do. Chuckling, he asked back, “What?”

I replied, “Take a selfie with it!” I made hand motions and flipped through a few settings. I explained it to him a little.

He then took the phone back, did his thing, and returned it back to me.

Because a few people were in line in front of me and I’m kind of short, I could not see what he did.

As I opened my Photos app, I became very excited. There it was. The Holtby selfie. Braden made the biggest grin he possibly could. He did it perfectly!

Ever since late December, it’s been my most cherished photo. I’m glad I could share it with all of you.

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  • Jack Conness

    Awesome guy. Even cooler picture. Congrats!

  • Hockey Mom

    He is a great guy, too. I also feel like he’s been getting a crappy deal over the past few weeks! Don’t know what they are doing over there, but it’s looking pretty stupid now…

  • Brouwer Rangers

    I was hoping for duck face.

  • This is the coolest thing I’ve seen on this site in a long, long time.

  • BPThomas

    and the #deuces

  • VeggieTart

    I’ve been to a handful of practices, and Holtby always has come over to sign stuff, even when he’s clearly exhausted and dripping sweat. He really is a cool guy, always willing to sign stuff and take pictures.

  • David Armando Lopez-Mazariegos

    I was waiting to get his autograph once at Kettler when few girls actually asked him to take a duckface selfie with them. His response was something along the lines of “*chuckle* God no.”

  • Kelli

    One of a myriad of reasons why the Capitals is just full of some of the best people ever. :]

  • BrazGoalie

    Gruby was sent to Hershey again. Therefore, back to the old style now, Holtby in net, Neuvy on the bench.
    Honestly though, I always liked Neuvy in net more than Holtby

  • Patrick Neimeyer

    Tell me if I am wrong, but Braden Holtby just put “selfies,” back into the cool column. I was a little disheartened by the term after seeing pictures like this…

  • Myan

    Holtby’s going to play out of his mind tonight, guys. I can feel it. Positive vibes all the way!

  • Batman

    Holtby sounds like sucha great guy. I hope to meet him
    someday. Excited to see him back in net tonight. Hope he has a solid game.

  • H70

    I just can’t help but cheer for him. What a great guy.

  • Chris Cerullo

    A JB reference on RMNB. Interesting…