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Braden Holtby
North American Goalie
Saskatoon, WHL
Final Rank:  4 Midterm Rank:  9
Position:  Goaltender Catches:  Left
Height:  6' 1" Weight:  205
Born:  September 16, 1989    
Birthplace:  Lloydminster, SK, CAN
Drafted:  WSH (4th Round / 93rd Overall) - Player Page
  • Faced the second most shots (1875), among WHL goaltenders in 2007-08, behind Portland Winter Hawks' goaltender Kurtis Mucha (1897). In 64 games, he won 25 games, posted one shutout and finished 15th in the league with a .908 save-percentage.
  • Patterns his game after Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury but also tries to take something from a lot of different goaltenders to create his own style.
  • His most memorable hockey moment was his first game with Saskatoon, "It was a dream of mine, since I was about five, to play for the Blades."  
  • His dad, Greg, was a goaltender for the Saskatoon Blades and the University of Saskatchewan Huskies and he wears number 1 after his father.
  • Got his start in hockey on the backyard rink that his dad built, "I always watched my dad when he played goal and I wanted to be just like him".  
  • His first hockey team was the Lashburn Flyers and he played his minor hockey with Lashburn (1994-03) and Lloydminster (2003-05).
  • Credits his parents for having had the most influence on his career "they have been tremendously supportive and have both taught me everything I know about life and hockey."  
  • The best advice he ever received was a quote by Victor Hugo written on a plaque given to him by his grandparents.  "There is nothing like a dream to create the future."
  • If he could invite any three people to dinner he would choose: Marc-Andre Fleury, "he is my favorite goalie and he always seems to have a good time", Sidney Crosby, "it's amazing how he handles himself in the spotlight and how he plays with so much passion" and Taylor Swift, "I love her music".
  • His most embarrassing hockey moment was his first WHL game in Red Deer, "right before the national anthem a guy yells out the goalie's name and the whole crowd yells sucks after. I went out to the hash marks and tripped and fell right as the crowd was yelling it".
  •  If he wasn't playing hockey he would be playing baseball and if he could be in any one movie he would want to be Jason Bourne in the Bourne trilogy.

 

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NHL Team: Colorado Avalanche

NHL Player: Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury

Shootout move: In practice I like the poke check so I can say it like the guy off of the McDonald's commercial

Goal celebration: "Either a shootout or a overtime goal so I can be a part of it."

Practice Drill: Rebound after practice

Video Game: NHL 08

Movie: Happy Gilmore

TV Show: Two and a Half Men

Actress: Jessica Alba

Artist: Jack Johnson

Website: facebook.com

Book: Money Ball

Food to cook: Steak with shrimp and roasted vegetables

Sport (other than hockey): Baseball

Activity away from the rink: Playing the guitar

Toy growing up: Lego

Place to shop: Cliff Rose for clothes in Lloydminster

Place to visit: Rainforest in South America


 Statistics
Season
Team
League
GP
GAA
Min
SO
Sv%
2006-2007
SASKATOON
WHL
51
3.21
2,725
0
.895
2007-2008
SASKATOON
WHL
64
2.84
3,632
1
.908




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