Thursday night, Team Canada became the 2016 World Cup of Hockey champions. America’s Hat defeated Philipp Grubauer and Team (part of) Europe, 2-1, winning the best-of-three championship series 2-0.
Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby served as Team Canada’s third goaltender and did not receive any playing time during the tournament. Caps Head Coach Barry Trotz was an assistant under Mike Babcock.
The Washington Capitals announced today that they raised over $17,500 from their Rock The Rainbow t-shirt campaign. The shirts were sold for $20 each after Brandi and Braden Holtby sported them in June’s Capital Pride Parade. The money raised will go to support the You Can Play Project to help ensure equality, respect and safety for all athletes, coaches and fans, without regard to sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
Awesome news, awesome people, all around awesome. Way to go, everyone (especially if you purchased a shirt).
During a bitter playoff series last season with rival Pittsburgh, Braden Holtby showed an incredible amount of class when he gave his stick away to a Penguins fan battling cancer.
“It’s what we play the game for is to create positive influences on people,” Holtby said that day. “The Penguins are doing a great thing having him as their guest and luckily we got to share a little part of that and hopefully make his day a little better.”
On Tuesday, Holtby was back in Pittsburgh to practice with Team Canada ahead of his country’s final World Cup of Hockey exhibition game against Russia. This time he had kind words to say about the Pittsburgh organization and it’s definitely a thing you’re not going to enjoy reading.
Over the weekend, we reported on something that felt gross, weird, and terrific all at once. Caps defenseman John Carlson scored on Caps goaltender Braden Holtby during the second of a back-to-back exhibition series between Team Canada and Team USA.
Monday morning, Team USA held their practice at Verizon Center and Matt Niskanen was asked about the awkward goal.
Tragically Hip frontman and Canadian musician Gord Downie has terminal brain cancer and Team Canada goalie Braden Holtby has come up with a sweet tribute.
Working with Swedish airbrush artist Dave Gunnarsson, Holtby debuted a second Team Canada mask, this time with the iconic band and several images of Downie painted on the side.
Two seasons ago, Caps prospect Nathan Walker tore his ACL, ending his season early with the Hershey Bears. During the summer, the Capitals asked the Australian forward to rehab in Washington, but Walker needed a place to stay.
Renting an apartment or a hotel would be expensive for a young prospect on an AHL salary. So Caps goaltender Braden Holtby invited Walker to live at his house with his wife and two kids.
The EA Sports NHL video game series that has cost me countless dollars in college dorm room bets has slowly been releasing their 2017 player ratings for the past few weeks. The Capitals have made out pretty well after their 2015-16 President’s Trophy-winning season as they are tied with the Chicago Blackhawks with the most players rated in the top 50 with five.
Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby won the Vezina Trophy last season after tying Martin Brodeur’s all-time single season wins record. Along with that accolade, the Holtbeast was named to Canada’s World Cup of Hockey roster, which will mark his first Team Canada experience.
On Thursday, Holtby spoke with reporters about the upcoming World Cup and where he thinks he fits on Team Canada’s depth chart. If you think he feels entitled after his huge year, think again.
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