After a difficult season in Vancouver, Braden Holtby is looking for a fresh start with the Dallas Stars after signing a one-year deal with the club over the offseason.
Holtby is coming off a strange year that saw the goaltender face criticism for an insensitive mask design and his play in front of a hole-y Canucks defense. But the biggest drama of all came weeks before puck drop when Holtby’s tortoises, Honey and Maple, got stuck at the US/Canada border.
While meeting with the Stars press on Thursday, the Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender revealed that he had no such problems this year.
It was a “much shorter holdup at the border this time,” he said.
Braden Holtby confirms his tortoises have safely made it into the US.
— Bruce LeVine (@BruceLeVinePuck) September 23, 2021
Braden Holtby’s turtles made it into the US with a “much shorter holdup at the border this time.”
— Taylor Baird (@taylordbaird) September 23, 2021
Um, excuse me, people, these are tortoises. Show a little respect here.
Last November, the two pets caused a separation between the Holtbys and Dad due to missing paperwork.
“No, we didn’t know we needed an export permit (we did do the import permit for the Canadian side),” Brandi Holtby wrote on her now-deleted Twitter page. “So now Braden is stuck at the border with two tortoises 🙈”
Two days later, Holtby was finally allowed to cross and basically, the entire Hockey Community rejoiced.
In other news, Holtby will be returning to the number 70 with the Stars after spending a season rocking 49, which never quite looked right.
🎥 Now Presenting:
Braden Holtby in Victory Green. pic.twitter.com/9WQbI9HQ5v
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) September 22, 2021
They're here, and they're beautiful. 🤩 pic.twitter.com/ymHU5V7UZN
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) August 3, 2021
If you’re interested in rocking a Stars’ Holtby jersey, you can customize one here from the NHL Store.
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