Listen people, we need to win. The Caps are down two goalies after Michael Neuvirth injured his leg and left last night’s game in the second period. Their PR guy dressed as backup goalie for practice this morning! Have I mentioned the playoffs start next week?
Cue Braden Holtby.
Holtby has been the backup-backup goaltender this season, starting six games at the NHL level. He will start Saturday against the Caps potential first-round foe, the Rangers. He’s just 22 years old, from Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. Imagine having to write that return address on a letter? Lloydminster actually straddles the Alberta/Saskatchewan border, but Braden’s listed as being from Saskatchewan (because it’s fun to say).
Braden owns a Detroit Tigers hat (he wore it at the Caps convention) and that makes Gator cheer extra loud everytime he takes the ice. We are *really* pulling for Holts to rock in the playoffs. Not just for the wins, but because we love a good story! (And winning.)
Braden has sported some pretty amazing facial hair in the past, and can grow a Letang-style scuff in about an hour. Here’s hoping that a full, burly playoff beard doesn’t interfere with his mask because we’d love to see it. Give Alzer a run for his money, eh?
Braden got the win last night, and was so aw-shucks in the post-game that you might have to hug something. [link]
Not to get you all happy then break your hearts, but Holtby is engaged and his fiancee is pregnant. Hockey babies! They will undoubtedly inherit their dad’s really great hair. The Caps’ Keith Aucoin just named his baby Brayden… what’s Holts going to do?
He’s going to win first, then figure it out. Then get a big contract for the Show and bring this face to the Phone Booth every game next season.
Follow Braden on Twitter – @Holts170.