Braden Holtby was Braden Holtbest last season. The Lloydminster, Saskatchewan product became the third Capitals goaltender to win the Vezina Trophy, joining Jim Carey (1995-96) and Olie Kolzig (1999-00). Holtby also tied Martin Brodeur’s single season win record of 48.
During a pregame ceremony before Washington’s game against the Avalanche on Tuesday, Holtby will given a gift from the Capitals while all fans in attendance will receive a Holtby banner. You know what would be cooler? A brick with Holtby’s face imprinted on it.
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The Washington Capitals will hold a pre-game ceremony on October 18 against Colorado to honor Braden Holtby’s historic 2015-16 season. During the ceremony, Holtby will receive a special gift from the organization. All fans in attendance on Tuesday will receive a Holtby fan banner.
Last season, Holtby won the Vezina Trophy as the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at this position as voted by the general managers of all NHL clubs. He became the third goaltender in Capitals franchise history to win the Vezina Trophy, joining Jim Carey (1995-96) and Olie Kolzig (1999-00). Holtby, 26, posted a 48-9-7 record this season with three shutouts, a 2.20 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage. The 6’2”, 217-pound goaltender earned his 48th win of the season on April 9 at St. Louis, tying Martin Brodeur (48, 2006-07) for first place on the NHL’s single-season wins list. Holtby (66 games played) secured his 48th win of the season in 12 fewer games than Brodeur (78 games played).
Holtby’s 48 wins also marked the Capitals franchise record for wins in a season, breaking the previous record (41) set by himself last season and Olie Kolzig in 1999-00. The Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, native posted a 22-game point streak from Nov. 12 to Jan. 14 (20-0-2), marking the second-longest point streak by a goaltender in franchise history and only the second point streak of 22 or more games in the NHL in the last 20 seasons. Capitals goaltender Jose Theodore posted a franchise-record 23-game point streak during the 2009-10 season (20-0-3). In addition, Holtby was the first goaltender to win 27 games in a 32-game stretch (11/12-2/11: 27-1-3) since 1995-96, when Chris Osgood did so with the Red Wings (11/22/95-3/20/96: 27-3-2). He is the 13th goaltender in NHL history to post multiple 40-win seasons (2014-15: 41, 2015-16: 48) and is the seventh goaltender in NHL history to record consecutive 40-win seasons.
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