Braden Holtby

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Braden Holtby
Braden Holtby 2013-02-03.JPG
Born (1989-09-16) September 16, 1989 (age 24)
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 hockey goalie who is currently playing for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected 93rd overall by the Capitals in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[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 4th round of the 2008 draft, Holtby nearly equaled his wins total from the previous two seasons, posting a much improved 40 wins in 61 games. 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 and .917 save percentage. He won 7 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 2012 season due to starter Tomas Vokoun's and backup Michal Neuvirth's injuries.[7] He started Game 1 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Boston Bruins, saving 29 of 30 in a 1-0 overtime loss.[8] In Game 2, Holtby stopped 43 of 44 shots in a 2-1 2OT win to tie the series 1-1.[9] The Washington Capitals head coach Dale Hunter decided to start Holtby for the next game, even though Neuvirth and Vokoun would be available in the playoffs, by saying "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 OT game that saw the Capitals fall 2-1. Holtby continued his great goaltending by beating the Rangers in Game 4 to tie the series 2-2. He wasn't as great in Game 5 after allowing the game tying goal with 6.6 seconds left in the game and then giving up the losing goal in overtime. Holtby stated after the game "I didn't see a thing".[10] After that heartbreaking loss, Holtby made 30 saves in Game 6 against the Rangers, with the Capitals winning 2-1, forcing Game 7. On Saturday, May 12, Braden started in his second career game 7. One minute thirty-two seconds (1:32) into the game, Brad Richards of the Rangers blasted a slap shot past Holtby, making the score an early 1-0. Holtby was able to shake it off and play a solid game after, making 29 saves. Unfortunately, the Capitals were unable to beat Henrik Lundqvist in the final period, losing game 7 of the 2012 ECSF. Now in his rookie season, he was rewarded for his playoff performance in 2012 with the starting job for Washington as named by new head coach Adam Oates.

On February 25, 2013 Holtby agreed to a two-year, $3.7 million contract extension with the Washington Capitals.

Personal life[edit]

Holtby and his wife Brandi have a son, Benjamin,[11] and a daughter, Belle.[12]

Holtby was born in Lloydminster, 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
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 105 60 31 8 5842 253 3122 11 2.60 .919

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
NHL totals 21 10 11 1355 46 664 1 2.04 .931

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. ^ "Braden Holtby’s fiancee gives birth to a baby boy". Washington Post. 12 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "Braden Holtby, Wife Have Second Child, Belle Scarlett Holtby". Russian Machine Never Breaks. Retrieved May 29, 2014. 

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