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Wednesday night in Las Vegas, Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby won the 2016 Vezina Trophy as the league’s best goaltender. Holtby became the third Capital all-time to earn the accolade joining Jim Carey and Olie Kolzig in the history books.
Holtby kissed his wife Brandi and was kissed on the cheek by his mother Tami when he was announced as winner.
Six-time Vezina winner and 2014 Hall of Fame inductee Dominik Hasek presented Holtby the trophy on stage along with Kevin Weekes.
At the very beginning of his acceptance speech, a noticeably nervous Holtby admitted that he ignored his wife’s recommendation to write his thoughts down on a piece of paper.
But that didn’t matter. Holtby dominated the speech just like he did to every NHL team this season.
“All right! Well, uh, my wife bugged me the whole time to write down a speech but I just feel I’ll wing it instead. I have a great crew with me today, friends and family that make it a lot more enjoyable – this whole experience. I like to congratulate the Pittsburgh Penguins on a phenomenal year. Obviously us Capitals know that first hand how good you guys are.
Through the years in the Capitals organization and when I was younger, I have the pleasure to work with some amazing goalie coaches, starting with Dave Prior who drafted me, got me into the league. Then I moved on to Arturs Irbe, Olie Kolzig, and now Mitch Korn. Another guy that’s very close to me, John Stevenson, who was my coach in junior. I wouldn’t be here without you guys.”
I just want to congratulate everyone else that’s here. Enjoy your time.”
Last but not least, my lovely wife Brandi, who I love very much. And my kids watching back at home, Ben and Belle.
Enjoy your time, guys.”