Braden Holtby

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Braden Holtby
Braden Holtby 2013-02-03.JPG
Born (1989-09-16) September 16, 1989 (age 25)
Lloydminster, SK, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team Washington Capitals
NHL Draft 93rd overall, 2008
Washington Capitals
Playing career 2009–present

Braden Holtby (born September 16, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected in the fourth round, 93rd overall, by the Capitals in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

Holtby spent his junior career with the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League (WHL). The Blades struggled through his first two seasons with the team, and Holtby managed only 42 wins in 115 games. However, in his last WHL season, after being drafted by the Capitals in the fourth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Holtby nearly equaled his wins total from the previous two seasons, posting a much-improved 40 wins in 61 games.

Professional[edit]

In 2009, Holtby made the jump to professional hockey and split the season between the ECHL's South Carolina Stingrays and the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL). He posted an impressive 24 wins in 37 games for the Bears, with a 2.32 goals against average (GAA) and .917 save percentage. He won seven of 12 games with the Stingrays, and represented South Carolina in that season's ECHL All-Star Game.[1]

Holtby made his NHL debut on November 5, 2010, against the Boston Bruins at the Verizon Center. After replacing Michal Neuvirth with ten minutes remaining and the game tied 3–3, Holtby stopped four Bruins shots as the Capitals scored two goals to give him the win.[2] Holtby made his first NHL start two days later against the Philadelphia Flyers, a game the Capitals won 3–2 in overtime.[3] Holtby recorded his first NHL shutout on March 9, 2011, stopping 22 shots in a 5–0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.[4] After posting a 4–0–0 record, a 1.05 GAA and a .965 save percentage, Holtby was named the NHL's First Star of the Week for the week ending March 13, 2011.[5] On March 27, 2011, Holtby was assigned to Hershey, despite a 10–2–2 record in 14 starts.[6]

He returned on the last game of the 2011–12 season due to starter Tomáš Vokoun's and backup Michal Neuvirth's injuries.[7] Holtby started Game 1 of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs against the Boston Bruins, saving 29 of 30 shots in a 1–0 overtime loss.[8] In Game 2, Holtby stopped 43 of 44 shots in a 2–1 double overtime win to tie the series at 1–1.[9] Washington Head Coach Dale Hunter decided to start Holtby for the next game, even though Neuvirth and Vokoun would be available in the playoffs, stating, "Holtby's our goalie." Holtby went on to aid the Capitals in upsetting the second seeded Bruins, stopping all but one of the shots he faced in a Game 7 to beat the Bruins 2–1 in overtime. He continued his sensational play against the top-seeded New York Rangers, splitting two road games in New York and stopping all shots he faced until late in a triple overtime game that saw the Capitals fall 2–1. Holtby continued his impressive goaltending by beating the Rangers in Game 4 to tie the series at 2–2. However, he was not as stellar in Game 5, allowing the game-tying goal with 6.6 seconds left in the game and then giving up the losing goal in overtime. After the game, Holtby stated, "I didn't see a thing."[10] After the loss, Holtby rebounded by making 30 saves in Game 6, with the Capitals winning 2–1 and forcing the decisive Game 7. On May 12, Holtby started in his second career Game 7. One minute and 32 seconds into the game, Brad Richards of the Rangers blasted a slap shot past Holtby, making the score 1–0 early in. Holtby was able to shake it off, however, and play a solid game, finishing with 29 saves, though the Capitals were ultimately unable to beat the Rangers in the final period, losing Game 7.

After his impressive playoff performances as a rookie, Holtby was rewarded with the starting goaltender's job for the 2012–13 season, as named by Washington's new head coach, Adam Oates. On February 25, 2013, just over a month after the lockout-shortened season commenced, Holtby agreed to a two-year, $3.7 million contract extension with the Capitals.

On April 8, 2015, Holtby shut-out the Boston Bruins, 3–0, and having already shut-out Boston in his previous two games in the 2014–15 season, he became the first goaltender to ever perform a season-sweep of three or more games against Boston without a single goal allowed. This victory would also give him 41 wins on the season, tying him with Olaf Kölzig for most in a single season in Capitals history.[11]

On May 4, 2015, Holtby shut-out the New York Rangers, 1–0, to capture a 2–1 playoff lead in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. The Capitals lost the series to the New York Rangers 2–1 in overtime in a game 7 at Madison Square Garden.

Personal life[edit]

Holtby and his wife Brandi have a son, Benjamin (born May 10, 2012),[12] and a daughter, Belle (born May 29, 2014).[13]

Holtby was born in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, but was raised in Marshall, Saskatchewan.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

   
Season Team League GP W L OTL MIN GA SA SO GAA SV%
2005–06 Saskatoon Blades WHL 1 0 1 0 59 4 53 0 4.07 .925
2006–07 Saskatoon Blades WHL 51 17 29 3 2725 146 1394 0 3.21 .895
2007–08 Saskatoon Blades WHL 64 25 29 8 3632 172 1875 1 2.84 .908
2008–09 Saskatoon Blades WHL 61 40 16 4 3571 156 1732 6 2.62 .910
2009–10 South Carolina Stingrays ECHL 12 7 2 3 712 35 392 0 2.95 .911
2009–10 Hershey Bears AHL 37 25 8 2 2146 83 1000 2 2.32 .917
2010–11 Hershey Bears AHL 30 17 10 2 1785 68 777 5 2.29 .920
2010–11 Washington Capitals NHL 14 10 2 2 735 22 332 2 1.79 .934
2011–12 Hershey Bears AHL 40 20 15 2 2322 101 975 3 2.61 .906
2011–12 Washington Capitals NHL 7 4 2 1 361 15 192 1 2.49 .922
2012–13 Washington Capitals NHL 36 23 12 1 2089 90 1123 4 2.58 .920
2013–14 Washington Capitals NHL 48 23 15 4 2656 126 1475 4 2.85 .915
2014–15 Washington Capitals NHL 73 41 20 10 4247 157 2044 9 2.22 .923
AHL totals 107 62 32 6 6253 252 2820 10 2.36 .918
WHL totals 177 82 75 15 9987 478 5054 7 2.87 .905
NHL totals 178 101 51 18 10090 410 5166 20 2.44 .921

Playoffs[edit]

   
Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SA SO GAA SV%
2008–09 Saskatoon Blades WHL 8 3 4 414 16 181 0 2.32 .912
2009–10 Hershey Bears AHL 3 2 1 200 12 84 0 3.60 .857
2011–12 Washington Capitals NHL 14 7 7 922 30 459 0 1.95 .935
2012–13 Washington Capitals NHL 7 3 4 433 16 205 1 2.22 .922
2014–15 Washington Capitals NHL 12 6 6 735 21 373 1 1.71 .944
NHL totals 33 16 17 2089 67 1037 2 1.92 .935

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Capitals Recall Braden Holtby, Assign Michal Neuvirth to Hershey". Washington Capitals. January 31, 2010. Retrieved November 19, 2010. 
  2. ^ Carrera, Katie (June 11, 2010). "Washington Capitals beat Boston Bruins, 5–3, after blowing three-goal lead". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Green's OT winner makes Capitals G Braden Holtby a winner in his first NHL Bruins rock start". The Hockey News. July 11, 2010. Retrieved November 19, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Ovechkin's three points help Caps blank Oilers". TSN. March 9, 2011. Retrieved March 9, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Caps' Holtby tops 'Three Stars' of the week". NHL.com. March 14, 2011. Retrieved March 14, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Caps send Holtby back to Hershey". Toronto Sun. Retrieved March 27, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Braden Holtby makes 35 saves to help Caps down Rangers". Associated Press. 7 April 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  8. ^ Golen, Jimmy (12 April 2012). "Kelly ends it in overtime as Bruins beat Caps 1-0". Washington Post. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  9. ^ Golen, Jimmy (14 April 2012). "Backstrom gives Caps 2-1 win over Bruins in 2OT". Washington Post. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  10. ^ May 2012 "Rangers stun Capitals in overtime after late tying goal". USAToday. 8 May 2012. 
  11. ^ Valentine, Harvey. "Holtby Blanks Bruins Again, Capitals Win 3-0". http://www.washingtonpost.com/. Retrieved April 9, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Braden Holtby’s fiancee gives birth to a baby boy". Washington Post. 12 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "Braden Holtby, Wife Have Second Child, Belle Scarlett Holtby". Russian Machine Never Breaks. Retrieved May 29, 2014. 

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