Braden Holtby

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Braden Holtby
Braden Holtby 2013-02-03.JPG
Born(1989-09-16) September 16, 1989 (age 24)
Lloydminster, SK, CAN
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)
PositionGoaltender
CatchesLeft
NHL teamWashington Capitals
National team Canada
NHL Draft93rd overall, 2008
Washington Capitals
Playing career2009–present
 
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Braden Holtby
Braden Holtby 2013-02-03.JPG
Born(1989-09-16) September 16, 1989 (age 24)
Lloydminster, SK, CAN
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)
PositionGoaltender
CatchesLeft
NHL teamWashington Capitals
National team Canada
NHL Draft93rd overall, 2008
Washington Capitals
Playing career2009–present

Braden Holtby (born September 16, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who is currently playing for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected 93rd overall by the Capitals in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing Career[edit]

Holtby spent his junior career with the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League (WHL). The Blades struggled through his first two seasons with the team, and Holtby managed only 42 wins in 115 games. However, in his last WHL season, after being drafted by the Capitals in the 4th round of the 2008 draft, Holtby nearly equaled his wins total from the previous two seasons, posting a much improved 40 wins in 61 games. In 2009 Holtby made the jump to professional hockey and split the season between the ECHL's South Carolina Stingrays and the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL). He posted an impressive 24 wins in 37 games for the Bears, with a 2.32 goals against average and .917 save percentage. He won 7 of 12 games with the Stingrays, and represented South Carolina in that season's ECHL All-Star Game.[1]

Holtby made his NHL debut on November 5, 2010 against the Boston Bruins at the Verizon Center. After replacing Michal Neuvirth with ten minutes remaining and the game tied 3–3, Holtby stopped four Bruins shots as the Capitals scored two goals to give him the win.[2] Holtby made his first NHL start two days later against the Philadelphia Flyers, a game the Capitals won 3–2 in overtime.[3] Holtby recorded his first NHL shutout on March 9, 2011, stopping 22 shots in a 5–0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.[4] After posting a 4–0–0 record, a 1.05 GAA and a .965 save percentage, Holtby was named the NHL's First Star of the Week for the week ending March 13, 2011.[5] On March 27, 2011, Holtby was assigned to Hershey, despite a 10–2–2 record in 14 starts.[6]

He returned on the last game of the 2012 season due to starter Tomas Vokoun's and backup Michal Neuvirth's injuries.[7] He started Game 1 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Boston Bruins, saving 29 of 30 in a 1-0 overtime loss.[8] In Game 2, Holtby stopped 43 of 44 shots in a 2-1 2OT win to tie the series 1-1.[9] The Washington Capitals head coach Dale Hunter decided to start Holtby for the next game, even though Neuvirth and Vokoun would be available in the playoffs, by saying "Holtby's our goalie." Holtby went on to aid the Capitals in upsetting the second seeded Bruins, stopping all but one of the shots he faced in a Game 7 to beat the Bruins 2-1 in overtime. He continued his sensational play against the top-seeded New York Rangers, splitting two road games in New York and stopping all shots he faced until late in a triple OT game that saw the Capitals fall 2-1. Holtby continued his great goaltending by beating the Rangers in Game 4 to tie the series 2-2. He wasn't as great in Game 5 after allowing the game tying goal with 6.6 seconds left in the game and then giving up the losing goal in overtime. Holtby stated after the game "I didn't see a thing". [10] After that heartbreaking loss, Holtby made 30 saves in Game 6 against the Rangers, with the Capitals winning 2-1, forcing Game 7. On Saturday, May 12, Braden started in his second career game 7. One minute thirty-two seconds (1:32) into the game, Brad Richards of the Rangers blasted a slap shot past Holtby, making the score an early 1-0. Holtby was able to shake it off and play a solid game after, making 29 saves. Unfortunately, the Capitals were unable to beat Henrik Lundqvist in the final period, losing game 7 of the 2012 ECSF. Now in his rookie season, he was rewarded for his playoff performance in 2012 with the starting job for Washington as named by new head coach Adam Oates.

On February 25, 2013 Holtby agreed to a two-year, $3.7 million contract extension with the Washington Capitals.

Personal Life[edit]

Holtby and his wife Brandi have a son, Benjamin.[11]


He was born in Lloydminster, Canada.

He lived in Marshall SK,Canada

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

  
SeasonTeamLeagueGPWLOTLMINGASASOGAASV%
2005–06Saskatoon BladesWHL10105945304.07.925
2006–07Saskatoon BladesWHL51172932725146139403.21.895
2007–08Saskatoon BladesWHL64252983632172187512.84.908
2008–09Saskatoon BladesWHL61401643571156173262.62.910
2009–10South Carolina StingraysECHL127237123539202.95.911
2009–10Hershey BearsAHL372582214683100022.32.917
2010–11Hershey BearsAHL301710217856877752.29.920
2010–11Washington CapitalsNHL1410227352233221.79.934
2011–12Hershey BearsAHL4020152232210197532.61.906
2011–12Washington CapitalsNHL74213611519212.49.922
2012–13Washington CapitalsNHL36231212,089:1490112342.58.920
AHL totals1076232662532522820102.36.918
WHL totals1778275159987478505472.87.905
NHL totals57144310973752432.02.929

Playoffs[edit]

  
SeasonTeamLeagueGPWLMINGASASOGAASV%
2008–09Saskatoon BladesWHL8344141618102.32.912
2009–10Hershey BearsAHL321200128403.60.857
2011–12Washington CapitalsNHL14779223045901.95.935
2012–13Washington CapitalsNHL7344331620512.22.922
NHL totals21101113554666412.04.931

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Capitals Recall Braden Holtby, Assign Michal Neuvirth to Hershey". Washington Capitals. January 31, 2010. Retrieved November 19, 2010. 
  2. ^ Carrera, Katie (June 11, 2010). "Washington Capitals beat Boston Bruins, 5–3, after blowing three-goal lead". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Green's OT winner makes Capitals G Braden Holtby a winner in his first NHL Bruins rock start". The Hockey News. July 11, 2010. Retrieved November 19, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Ovechkin's three points help Caps blank Oilers". TSN. March 9, 2011. Retrieved March 9, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Caps' Holtby tops 'Three Stars' of the week". NHL.com. March 14, 2011. Retrieved March 14, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Caps send Holtby back to Hershey". Toronto Sun. Retrieved March 27, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Braden Holtby makes 35 saves to help Caps down Rangers". Associated Press. 7 April 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  8. ^ Golen, Jimmy (12 April 2012). "Kelly ends it in overtime as Bruins beat Caps 1-0". Washington Post. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  9. ^ Golen, Jimmy (14 April 2012). "Backstrom gives Caps 2-1 win over Bruins in 2OT". Washington Post. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  10. ^ May 2012 "Rangers stun Capitals in overtime after late tying goal". USAToday. 8 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "Braden Holtby’s fiancee gives birth to a baby boy". Washington Post. 12 May 2012. 

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