The 2015-16 Washington Capitals were terrific. They soared with a great power play, the league’s best goal-scorer, some talented young players, and the best record in the land. But the shining star of that team was the fella in net, Vezina winner Braden Holtby.
Before Tuesday’s game — a game in which Holtby’s back-up recorded his first big-league shutout– the Washington Capitals and their fans finally got to thank Holtby for a very special season.
Holtby played 66 games last season and recorded 48 wins, tying Marty Brodeur’s single season record. He saved .922 at all strengths, earning an all-star selection and winning 4th place in MVP voting in addition to his award as best goaltender.
The Capitals video was a cavalcade of congrats and thank yous from teammates, mentor Olie Kolzig, and his parents, Tami and Greg.
The best congratulations came from Evgeny Kuznetsov, who told the Saskatchewanian, “I appreciate you lots of thousand times.” Indeed.
After the video, Dick Patrick and Ted Leonsis gave Holtby a plaque and a guitar upon which Holtby will surely strum some sick Mumford and Sons jams before his next game.
Holtby seemed to most enjoy the extra time around his children, Benjamin and Belle.
Belle was also very excited to initially see her papa on the jumbotron.
Congrats, Holtby. That was nuts. Do it again.
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