In February, two RMNB readers, Daniel and Katie, told us that they had named their new child after two of their favorite Caps players, Braden Holtby and Alex Ovechkin. Naturally, we had to share the news of tiny Braden Alexander with all of you. The post was one of our most-read articles of February and NHL Live even showed a picture of tiny Braden on TV.
That reception was wonderful — Daniel and Katie thanked me approximately a million times through email — but that’s not the end of the story. A few days later, the Capitals reached out to me privately and asked if I could arrange for a package be sent to Daniel and Katie.
You’re never going to believe what they were sent.
I was told that Braden Holtby and Alex Ovechkin were so moved by the gesture that they grabbed a Caps baby onesie from Kettler after one February practice and signed a card, asking the team to send it to the family.
Ovechkin wrote, “GR8 name I like it!!!” Holtby added, “Congrats on the new addition – love the name!” Also, let me take a minute to remind you that Ovechkin is a three-time MVP and arguably the NHL’s best player. Holtby is a front-runner for this season’s Vezina Trophy, given to the league’s best goaltender. And they took the time to do this.
I also sent one of RMNB’s Kuzy Koozies and a card of my own.
“I can’t believe Braden and Alex did this,” Daniel and Katie wrote to me in an email. “We have no words. It means so much to us. Braden is already putting the Kuzy Koozy to good use! We’re so excited we’ve gotten to share our story on the site.”
I’ve never really seen anything like this happen before — especially a team doing this through an unaffiliated blog. It just shows the classiness of the players and the organization. And it makes me very happy.
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