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ESPN’s Scott Burnside traveled with the Washington Capitals to document the team’s recent annual fathers trip. The whole story is a great read, but my favorite snippet was about Braden Holtby.
Holtby’s father Greg, who was once a junior goaltender with the Saskatoon Blades, revealed that he hoped his son would someday take over the family’s farm. Instead of being the Holtbeast, Braden could have been the Holtcattleherder-– which doesn’t really have the same ring to it.
Greg was, in Burnside’s words, “unfailingly supportive” of tiny Braden’s dream of being a NHL goaltender.
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In one of the most adorable Washington Capitals pictures of all time, check out Braden Holtby as he poses with father Greg after posting his first shutout since November 1st.
During an intermission interview with Joe Beninati, Greg — a former junior and college hockey goalie — revealed that young Braden “wanted to be like me from the start.”
Greg continued, “I would come home with my hockey equipment and I would lay it all out. He would grab the mask and the gloves and everything and he would play in goal from like four years old on.”
Braden ended up playing goalie on his dad’s old junior team, the Saskatoon Blades, and the rest is history.
You ain’t hockey-famous until you get a feature on Hockey Night in Canada. As of right now, Caps goalie Braden Holtby is officially famous. On CBC’s Inside Hockey segment (brought to you by the little blue pill), 30-dimensional thinker Elliotte Friedman gave Holtby and his family the Barbara Walters treatment.
In the video beyond the jump, Friedman talks to Holtby about growing up in Saskatchewan, following in his father’s footsteps with the Saskatoon Blades, Holtbyisms (natch), and how he keeps cool under pressure. Braden gives an affable interview, but he also talks about controlling his emotions as if he were a Vulcan. Holtby’s parents get some good screen time while rocking Caps merch (check out Braden’s dad Greg rolling his eyes during the Holtbyisms chat), but the star of the clip is Holtby’s hair.
Goodness gracious. Just look at it.
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