Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby was born in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, but was raised in nearby Marshall, which has a population less than 600.
Holtby spent his childhood splitting time between the ice and the Marshall farm that he grew up on. Monday, the former Vezina Trophy brought the Stanley Cup there and took photos with his family, realizing a dream he had as a kid.
Holtby, wearing a cowboy hat and a mostly open button-down shirt, posed with his wife Brandi, his son Benjamin, his daughter Belle, and his parents Greg and Tami. Both of Holtby’s children, whose names are painted on the back of his goalie mask, clutched the Cup in front of him.
“As a small-town kid from Saskatchewan, that’s what you grow up dreaming of, the Stanley Cup. And that’s it,” Holtby said during an interview with CBC last season.
“I realized at a pretty young age that I needed to work on hockey, because I wasn’t going to be much of a farmer,” Holtby continued. “That was too much work for me, checking cows in minus thirty degree weather.”
Instead Holtby blazed a trail to the NHL, helping lead the Washington Capitals to its first ever Stanley Cup.
— Philip Pritchard (@keeperofthecup) July 31, 2018
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