Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby took to the pavement over the weekend to burn some calories and enjoy the beautiful weather.
The Vezina Trophy-winner, wearing aviator sunglasses and a tight palm tree patterned button-up shirt, zoomed by people at the Alexandria Waterfront on rollerblades. Holtby’s Stanley Cup tattoo can be spotted on his right forearm.
“He was rollerblading by with some kids,” Alex S., who took the brilliant photo, said in a message. “I think they were his family.”
During a recent videoconference with the NHL, Holtby admitted that he remained at his Alexandria, VA home with his family during the coronavirus pandemic. “I’m not doing much right now, to be honest,” he said. “We haven’t gone anywhere. We don’t have to much exciting to report.”
The understated Holtby has made some waves while away from the rink, donating tens of thousands of meals to the hungry in DC and rescuing a stray cat on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge
Last week, the NHL announced its return to play plan, a 24-team playoff, which would pit the top 12 teams from each conference against each other. NHL training camps won’t start before July 10, but small group workouts could begin in mid-June. Recently, MedStar Capitals Iceplex, the Caps’ practice facility, laid new ice for a potential reopening.
Many Capitals skaters have been working out but Holtby has treated this break essentially as his offseason.
“In the summer, I take a few months off completely anyways to get my mind completely away from everything,” Holtby said. “It’s going to be tough when there’s kind of a game plan in play where we have a bit of time when we know we’re going to come back to see enough shots or see enough of anything. They’re talking about three or four people per ice session. We’re all going to be in the same position so I think everyone will make the most of it and try to find a way to do the best they can.”
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