Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby contributed an article to the Players’ Tribune Wednesday morning ahead of winning the 250th game of his career later that night. Holtby is now the second quickest goaltender to 250 wins.
The nearly 4,000 word article is full of endearing anecdotes about likely the greatest goaltender in franchise history. Holtby talks openly about his family’s farm and how poor of a farmer he actually was. He also gives a glimpse into his early childhood, which he describes as awkward, and what life lessons he learned in hockey along the way to become a zenmaster at the NHL level. And, oh yeah, he reveals the full story behind the team’s Stanley Cup tattoos and their addiction to Mario Kart.
Here are the 10 best things I learned from the Players’ Tribune article.