Brandi and Braden Holtby represented the Washington Capitals in this month’s Capital Pride Parade. The shirts they wore, which I guess we’re calling #RockTheRainbow, were a hit even before the crushing sadness of the following day’s news. Everybody wanted one, but only a select few Caps org folks actually had the privilege.
That changes now.
Ovechkin poses with the Rocket Richard Trophy, which he won again this year, at the 2014 NHL Awards. (Photo: Harry How)
The Washington Capitals had a domineering regular season in 2015-16, running away with the Presidents’ Trophy by 11 points. On Wednesday evening in Las Vegas, their personal feats from this past season will be honored. Well… most of them.
One Caps player already has hardware locked up: Alex Ovechkin, who won the Richard Richard Trophy as the NHL’s leading goal scorer. It was his third straight 50-goal season. But there will be no crazy blue suits on the red carpet this year. Ovechkin will not be in Las Vegas to claim his prize.
“Alex will not be attending the Awards this year,” a Capitals spokesperson said in an email to RMNB, declining to elaborate further. A spokesperson for the NHL also confirmed Ovechkin’s absence.
Ovechkin is also a finalist for the Mark Messier Leadership Award for the work he did for the American Special Hockey Association. Let’s assume he’s not going to win that one, lest the Awards become even more awkward.
Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby arrived in Las Vegas today to prepare for the NHL Awards where he is the odds-on favorite to win the Vezina Trophy. Holtby spent the afternoon doing
a marketing event red carpet prep, visiting John Vavartos to pick out the suit he will wear during one of the biggest moments of his career.
Photo: Puck Buddys
Saturday afternoon, Braden Holtby and his wife Brandi supported the DC LGBTQIA community and “Rocked the Rainbow” in the Capital Pride parade. The Holtbys were also joined by several members of the Capitals including PA Announcer Wes Johnson, in-game host Erin Magee, Slapshot, and the Red Rockers.
Tuesday morning the Capitals announced they will participate in the annual Capital Pride parade, which supports and celebrates the Washington, DC LGBTQA community. Vezina nominee Braden Holtby, along with Slapshot and the Red Rockers will march in the parade. Members from Monumental Sports and the Washington Wizards and Mystics will join the Caps as well.
Sunday afternoon, the Washington Capitals had a group outing at Nats Park to watch the Nationals take on the Miami Marlins. Tom Wilson, Brooks Orpik, Braden Holtby, Nate Schmidt, and Karl Alzner all appeared to be in attendance with children. The Caps had a private suite.
Heading into Game Five, we had heard plenty of “Murray! Murray!” chants from the home crowd in Pittsburgh. Penguins rookie netminder Matt Murray, 21, has stolen the show, stopping 81 of 85 shots in his last two games. He has relegated franchise netminder Marc-Andre Flurey, currently signed to a four-year, $23 million contract, to backup duty. Murray’s numbers are brilliant, with a 6-2 record, 2.00 goals-against average, and a .930 save percentage in the postseason.
But on Saturday night, it was Braden Holtby’s time to reclaim the spotlight. Holtby, a near lock to win the Vezina Trophy for goalie of the year, stopped 30 of 31 Pittsburgh shots in the elimination game. His heroics kept Washington’s season alive. Now the series shifts to Pittsburgh with the Capitals down 3-2. Without Holtby, Washington may have been packing up their sticks at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Monday.
Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby is up for another major award. A week after being named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the league’s best goaltender, Holtby is also up for the Ted Lindsay Award, which is known as the player-voted MVP award.
Holtby posted a 48-9-7 record with three shutouts, a 2.20 goals-against average, and a .922 save percentage. He tied Martin Brodeur’s all-time single season wins mark in his final start of the season.
Since 1970-71, only three goaltenders have won the Lindsay Award including Carey Price (last season), Dominik Hasek, and Mike Luit.
Wednesday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins took a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Washington Capitals. The four games between the two long-time foes have been brutal. The series has featured big hits, head shots, and taunting between rival fans. But during the morning skate, Braden Holtby cut through all of that nonsense and showed why he’s a great human.
The Caps goaltender, who is likely to win this season’s Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s best goalie, gave his stick to Brian Azinheira, a 11-yr old Penguins fan battling cancer.
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