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.
“All of us want to play, but if Carey’s healthy, there’s no reason to not go with him,” Holtby said to NHL.com’s Katie Brown. “He has all the experience internationally and the smart choice obviously would be that. I’m going to go there and play hard, [do] what I do, support the team in any way possible, whether it’s playing or supporting another guy.”
While Price missed almost all of last season with a sprained MCL, he led Canada to a gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and won the Vezina Trophy in 2015. Tuesday, in an interview with InGoal Magazine’s Kevin Woodley, Price admitted he feels like his “old self on the ice.”
Meanwhile, Holtby seems more intent on using the World Cup of Hockey as a spring board for the regular season.
“[The World Cup of Hockey] brings different challenges to it, but the main thing is making sure I use the time before our season starts here to make sure I’m ready for the real season,” Holtby said. “The expectation I have is a Stanley Cup. Personal things aside, it doesn’t really matter. It’s focusing on winning games here with the Capitals every day at a time and see what we can accomplish this year. Everything else doesn’t make a difference.”
Related: This isn’t the first time Holtby has shown pure class to Price.
Some good sportsmanship here between Carey Price and Braden Holtby before overtime pic.twitter.com/xX4wSeSDbE
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) January 31, 2015
Photo: Francois Lacasse
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