The Washington Capitals welcomed Braden Holtby back to DC on Sunday afternoon with a tribute video and prolonged standing ovation.
Well deserved for — if you’ll forgive me for being personal for a moment — my favorite Capital of all time.
Holtby played 468 games for Washington, recording 282 wins, a Vezina trophy, and a Stanley Cup.
Forever a Capital.#ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/6C4hl7MoIJ
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) March 20, 2022
Holtby was unable to play today due to a lingering injury, but he traveled with the Stars, and we’re so glad he did. The crowd at Capital One Arena gave Holtby a lengthy ovation.
Standing ovation for 2018 Stanley Cup champion Braden Holtby. #Caps pic.twitter.com/STNRqtYfay
— Tarik El-Bashir (@Tarik_ElBashir) March 20, 2022
Once play resumed, the crowd began a chant that had become commonplace here since 2011: “Holtby! Holtby.”
The Dallas broadcast spoke to Holtby after the festivities.
Holts feels all your love, @Capitals fans ♥💙
📺 @BallySportsSW | #TexasHockey pic.twitter.com/GO9hCI7UKh
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 20, 2022
“This city’s such a good hockey city,” Holtby said. “The fans are incredible. They always treated me and my family so well. To get appreciation like that– I wish I could turn it around on them somehow.”
Holtby’s the best. The absolute best.
Headline photo: NBC Sports Washington
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