The epitome of class: The Washington Capitals presented emergency goaltender Gavin McHale with his jersey after the Jets game
Wednesday before facing off against the Winnipeg Jets, the Washington Capitals faced a dilemma when Braden Holtby was too injured to even backup. In stepped emergency goaltender Gavin McHale, a Jets season-ticket holder, former WHL goalie, and goaltending coach for the University of Manitoba women’s team. McHale also works as a strength coach and runs a fitness-focused website.
That night, McHale took shots from Alex Ovechkin and the rest of the reigning Stanley Cup champions during warmups and was treated like a veteran player in the locker room. The experience allowed McHale to fulfill an NHL dream he had as a kid. After the game, McHale told a crush of media that he just hoped the Capitals would let him keep the jersey.
Well, I have some great news. In an interview with RMNB Tuesday, McHale revealed the Capitals presented his sweater to him as a surprise after the game. He also got some special gifts from Alex Ovechkin and Braden Holtby.