Capitals Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Braden Holtby returned to Kettler Capitals Iceplex Tuesday, but he was missing something: his goalie gear.
A beardless Holtbeast, which is already weird, took shots as a forward, which is even weirder. Take a look via CSN.
We're back at Kettler today. We were there yesterday too and WAIT… is that … Braden Holtby … skating? pic.twitter.com/7mU2NyZIy2
— CSN Capitals (@CSNCapitals) August 22, 2017
I am digging the leg raise and his thought to go five hole.
Holtby wore Andre Burakovsky’s number 65 helmet during the skate.
This is not the first time Holtby has been a forward.
According to In Goal Magazine, Holtby wanted to be a goaltender on every team he played on and in every game he played in during his childhood. But he didn’t play the position full time until the age of 12. Braden’s father, Greg Holtby, saw value in his son being a strong skater. Greg, a former goaltender himself with the Saskatoon Blades, was a “product of the pre-butterfly era.”
So rather than send Braden to position-specific schools at an early age, Greg insisted his son also play out as long as he could. As a result, the younger Holtby was still splitting time between forward and goal until he was 12.
“Being a goaltending himself he knew what being a goaltender was later on in life as opposed to being a kid where you like the equipment, you like making the big glove saves and whatnot,” said Holtby, who was still playing as a forward during summer ball hockey and shinny sessions when he talked to InGoal Magazine for a cover story in 2012. “He really encouraged me to play as a forward and a goaltender until I was forced by the team to make a decision, so I played both up until peewee, which really helped develop my skating, helped develop my puck handling, all those other things you wouldn’t really get by choosing to be just a goaltender at a really young age.
“I was always confused back then why he wanted me to keep playing both when all I really wanted to be was a goaltender. But now it’s one of my biggest benefits.”
We’ve seen hints at Holtby’s offensive instincts during games. He’s attempted to score on an empty-net several times during his career and showed off his shot accuracy during the 2017 All-Star Skills competition.
Holtby isn’t the only Caps regular back in town. According to CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Tarik El-Bashir, John Carlson and Philipp Grubauer are already back in the area to work with strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish and begin skating with their teammates again.
The #Caps skates at KCI are picking up. Holtby, Grubauer, Carlson, Siegenthaler, Vanecek were here again. Walker made his debut, as well.
— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) August 22, 2017
Russian Machine Never Breaks is not associated with the Washington Capitals; Monumental Sports, the NHL, or its properties. Not even a little bit.
All original content on russianmachineneverbreaks.com is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)– unless otherwise stated or superseded by another license. You are free to share, copy, and remix this content so long as it is attributed, done for noncommercial purposes, and done so under a license similar to this one.