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Braden Holtby
Braden Holtby
Goaltender  - WSH
Number: 70
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 217
Catches: Left
Born: Sep 16, 1989  (Age 26)
Birthplace: Lloydminster, SK, Canada
Drafted: WSH / 2008 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 4th (93rd overall) PROSPECT BIO
Ranks second in franchise history in shuouts (20) and third in wins (101) and games
played (178) ... Since the start of the 2012-13 season, Holtby ranks second in the NHL
in shutouts (17), trailing Carey Price (18) ... Is the third goaltender in franchise history to
play in 70 or more games in a season (2014-15: 73 GP) ... Holtby is the third goaltender
in franchise history to reach 100 wins with the Capitals (Olie Kolzig, Don Beaupre) and
became the fastest to reach the 100-win plateau, earning the mark in 176 games ...
Ranks tied for third among active goaltenders in fewest games needed to reach 100
career wins, trailing Jimmy Howard (171) and Antti Niemi (174) ... Is the fifth-youngest
(25) to reach 100 wins among active goalies, behind Carey Price, Marc-Andre Fleury,
Steve Mason and Cam Ward ... Holtby ranks first among active NHL goaltenders (min. 20
GP) in career playoff goals-against average (1.92) and save percentage (.936) ... He has
allowed no more than one goal in 13 of his 16 career playoff wins, including each of his
last 10 playoff wins dating back to Game 6 of Washington’s series against the Rangers
in 2012 ... According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Holtby is the first goaltender to yield no
more than one goal in each of 10 consecutive playoff victories since Tuukka Rask posted
an equal streak from May 21, 2013 – April 22, 2014.
Set career highs in wins (41), shutouts (9), games played (73), goals-against average
(2.22) and save percentage (.923) ... Registered a franchise-record 1,887 saves this
season and tied the franchise record in wins, shutouts and games played ... Played in 73
games in 2014-15, tying Olie Kolzig (73, 1999-00) for first place on the franchise singleseason
games played by a goaltender list ... Ranked first in the NHL in ice time (4,247),
games played (73) and saves (1,887), tied for second in shutouts (9) and wins (41), fifth
in goals-against average (2.22) and tied for seventh in save percentage (.923) ... Made
his 25th consecutive start vs. the Rangers (4/11), marking the most consecutive starts
in a season in franchise history ... Earned his 41st win and ninth shutout of season vs.
BOS (4/8), tying Olie Kolzig (1999-00) for first place on the Capitals single-season wins
list and tying Jim Carey (1995-96) for first place on the franchise single-season shutouts
list ... Became only the second goaltender in the NHL’s expansion era (since 1967-68) to
post three shutouts versus Boston in one season (Cristobal Huet, 2005-06) and the first
goaltender in Capitals history to shut out one team three times in one season ... Earned
his 100th career win at DET (4/5), becomng the fastest goaltender in franchise history
to reach 100 wins (176 games) ... Tallied an assist at MTL (4/2) …Stopped 32 shots to
earn his career-high eighth shutout vs. BOS (3/15) ... Recorded his 30th win and seventh
shutout of the season vs. TOR (3/1) ... Earned his career-high sixth shutout of the season
vs. LA (2/3) and earned his career-high 24th win of 2014-15, passing his previous career
high set in 2012-13 and 2013-14 ... Became the third Capitals goaltender in the last 22
seasons a to record a shutout against the defending Stanley Cup champions (Kolzig
at COL on March 19, 2002, and Halak against CHI on April 11, 2014) ... Stopped all 27
shots he faced to earn his fifth shutout of the season vs. PIT (1/28), becoming the fifth
goaltender since 1977 to register consecutive shutouts against the Penguins, joining
Roberto Luongo (Jan. 18 and Feb. 6, 2003), Tomas Vokoun (Nov. 23, 2001 and Feb. 27,
2003), Martin Brodeur (Dec. 21 and 30, 2009), and Michal Neuvirth (Feb. 6 and 21, 2011)
... Appeared in his franchise record 27th consecutive game and made his career-high
21st straight start at NSH (1/16) ... Holtby’s 27 consecutive appearances marked the
longest streak by a goaltender in the NHL in 2014-15 ... Stopped all 21 shots he faced
vs. PHI (1/14) to earn his fourth shutout of the season and 15th of his career, passing Pat
Riggin (14) for second place on the Capitals franchise shutouts list ... Earned his 20th
win of the season vs. DET (1/10) ... Played in his 23rd consecutive game at PHI (1/8),
passing Wayne Stephenson (22) for the most consecutive games played by a goaltender
in Capitals franchise history ... Made 33 saves in win vs. CHI (1/1) in 2015 Bridgestone
NHL Winter Classic at Nationals Park ... Stopped 31 shots to earn his third shutout of
season at PIT (12/27) ... Made 38 saves in win vs. OTT (12/22) ... Registered his second
shutout of the season at NJ (12/20) ... Made 28 saves, including 14 saves in the shootout,
at FLA (12/16) ... Stopped 33 shots at TB (12/9) to earn his 10th win of the season and
pass Pete Peeters and Jim Carey (70) for fourth place on the Capitals franchise wins
list ... Made a season-high 38 saves in win at CHI (11/7) ... Earned an assist vs. DET
(10/29) ... Stopped all 29 shots he faced to earn his 12th career shutout at BOS (10/11) ...
Holtby registered one shutout, a 1.71 goals-against average and a .944 save percentage
in 13 games during the 2015 playoffs, ranking first in the NHL in goals-against average
and save percentage (min. 5 GP) ... His .944 save percentage is the fifth-highest singlepostseason
save percentage in NHL history (min. 10 GP) ... Made 41 saves in Game 5
at NYR (5/8) ... Stopped 28 shots in Game 4 win vs. NYR (5/6), including a penalty shot
in the third period ... Stopped all 30 shots he faced in Game 3 vs. NYR (4/5) to earn
his second career playoff shutout ... Made 31 saves in Game 1 victory at NYR (5/2) ...
Registered a 1.63 GAA and a .943 save percentage in six games vs. NYI in the first
round ... Made 10 saves in Game 7 win vs. NYI (4/27) ... Made 36 saves in Game 4 win
at NYI (4/21) ... Made 40 saves in Game 3 at NYI (4/19) ... Missed Game 2 vs. NYI (4/17)
due to illness.
2013-14: Tied his career highs in wins (23) and shutouts (4) ... Ranked tied for third in the
NHL in shootout wins (6) ... Earned fourth shutout of season vs. TB (4/13) ... Stopped 36
shots in win at CAR (4/10) ... Made 35 saves in win at NYI (4/5) ... Played in his 100th NHL/
Capitals game vs. BOS (3/29) ... Stopped 34 of 36 shots at SJ (3/22) ... Made 40 saves
at BOS (3/6) ... Stopped 36 of 38 shots in win at BOS (3/1) ... Stopped 30 of 34 shots in
win at FLA (2/27) ... Recorded his third shutout of season vs. NJ (2/8) ... Stopped 34 of 36
shots in win vs. WPG (2/6) ... Registered an assist at CBJ (1/30) ...Stopped all 21 shots
he faced to earn his ninth career shutout at MTL (1/25) ... Stopped 34 shots in win vs.
NSH (12/7) ... Stopped 37 shots in win at NYI (11/30) ... Stopped 35 shots in win vs. MTL
(11/29) ... Stopped 35 shots vs. OTT (11/27) ... Made 36 saves vs. PIT (11/20) ... Made a
career-high 46 saves and faced a career-high 47 shots in win vs. STL (11/17) ... Stopped
34 shots and all three shots he faced in the shootout in win at DET (11/15) ... Stopped 33
shots and all three shots he faced in shootout in win vs. MIN (11/7) ... Stopped 34 of 36
shots in win vs. NYI (11/5) ... Earned eighth career shutout and sparred with Ray Emery at
PHI (11/1) ... Stopped 30 of 31 shots to earn third consecutive win at EDM (10/24) ... Made
43 saves and faced a career-high 47 shots in win at WPG (10/22) ... Stopped 37 shots
in win vs. CBJ (10/19) ... Served as backup in 34 games. 2012-13: Ranked 4th in NHL in
wins (23) ... Earned 23rd win of the season, a career high, on 4/27 vs. BOS ... Won 22nd
game of the season on 4/23 vs. WPG ... Made 35 saves for 21st win of the season on
4/20 at MTL ... Won 20th game of the season on 4/16 vs. TOR ... Won 19th game of the
season on 4/13 vs. TB ... Stopped career-high 43 shots on 4/11 vs. CAR ... Earned 17th
win on 4/6 at FLA ... Made 35 saves for 16th win on 4/4 vs. NYI ... Earned 15th win of the
season on 4/2 at CAR ... Won 14th game of the season and added an assist on 3/30 at
BUF ... Made 30 saves for 13th win of the season on 3/24 at NYR ... Recorded 12th win of
the season on 3/22 at WPG ... Set career high with 11th win of the season and 4th shutout
on 3/21 at WPG ... Stopped 29 shots for the win in his 11th consecutive start on 3/7 vs.
FLA ... Made 30 saves in 10th consecutive start for the win on 3/5 vs. BOS ... Stopped
all 35 shots he faced for his sixth career shutout on 3/2 at WPG ... Made 33 saves for
second shutout of the season on 2/26 vs. CAR ... Stopped 21 shots, including second
career PS (Bernier), for the win on 2/23 vs. NJ ... Recorded his first shutout of the season
and an assist on 2/9 vs. FLA ... Posted a 3-4 record with a 2.22 GAA and .922 SV% in 7
games vs. NYR in the postseason …Recorded his first career playoff shutout in Game 2
vs. NYR … Stopped 35 of 36 shots during Game 1 vs. NYR. 2011-12: Made 35 saves for
his 4th win of the season and was named First Star on 4/7 at NYR ... Came on in relief of Michal Neuvirth and made 12 saves for the win on 4/5 vs. FLA ... Recorded first shutout
of season and was the game’s First Star on 3/25 vs. MIN ... Stopped 27 of 28 shots in
shootout loss to PHI on 3/22 ... Made 30 saves for first win of the season on 3/19 at DET
... Recalled on 3/18 from Hershey (AHL) ... 20-15-2 with a 2.61 GAA and a .906 SV% in
40 games with Hershey at the time of recall ... Finished 5th in the NHL in postseason wins,
3rd in goals-against average and save percentage and 5th in playoff minutes (922) and
saves (429) ... Became just the third goaltender to own a .920 save percentage and 2.00
goals-against average or better (in a minimum of 13 games played) in the playoffs at age
22 or younger (Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy) ... Went all 14 postseason games without
suffering back-to-back losses ... Set a Capitals rookie record with 14 playoff games and
tied a rookie record with seven wins in a single postseason ... Became the third rookie
goaltender to defeat the defending Stanley Cup champions in a playoff series (Montreal’s
Ken Dryden and Calgary’s Mike Vernon), defeating Boston in seven games in the ECQF
... Became the seventh rookie goaltender to post an overtime win in Game 7 of a playoff
series and the first since Buffalo’s Steve Shields defeated Ottawa in 1997 ... Earned his
second career NHL playoff win in Game 4 of the quarterfinals against Boston, stopping
44 of the 45 shots he faced ... His 44 saves were the second-most in the expansion era
in a regulation playoff win for a rookie goaltender since Ken Dryden made 46 stops for
Montreal in a 4-2 win against Boston on April 16, 1971. 2010-11: Named NHL’s First Star
of the Week for the week ending 3/13, going 4-0-0 with a 1.05 goals-against average,
.965 save percentage and one shutout ... Won his last five starts ... Recorded an 18-save
shutout in an emergency start 3/26 at MTL ... His assist on Marcus Johansson’s first
period, power-play goal on 3/15 at MTL was the only assist for a Washington goaltender
and the first since Jose Theodore assisted on an Alexander Semin power-play goal in
a 5-4 overtime loss to OTT on 3/30 ... Set single-game career high with 40 saves 3/11
vs. CAR ... Made 22 saves for his first career shutout 3/9 vs. EDM ... Went 5-0-1 in five
games from 1/20 to 3/11, stopping 170 of 174 shots (.978) ... Ranked tied for eighth in the
AHL in goals-against average (2.29) and 11th in save percentage (.920) ... Tied for sixth
in the league with five shutouts ... Was named to the Eastern Conference AHL All-Star
Team but did not play. 2009-10: Dressed in five games as the Capitals’ backup goaltender
... Split his first professional season between Hershey (AHL) and South CAR (ECHL) ...
Played in the 2009-10 ECHL All-Star Game ... Led Hershey in wins with a 24-8-2 record
... Ranked fourth in the AHL, first among rookies, with a 2.32 goals-against average ... His
.917 save percentage was 10th in the league and led all rookies ... Won nine games in a
row from 12/12—1/9, holding opponents to one goal five times and two goals three times
in that stretch ... Had a season-high 44 saves in a 5-3 win 3/17 at Binghamton ... Posted
a 7-2-1-2 mark for South CAR ... Made three playoff starts for Hershey, winning two ...
Both wins came in overtime.
Junior Career
2008-09: Played 61 games for Saskatoon (WHL), ranking second in the league in wins (40)
and tied for third in shutouts (six) … Named the WHL’s Eastern Conference Goaltender
of the Year and was a finalist for WHL Goaltender of the Year … Finished eighth in the
WHL with a 2.62 GAA and finished seventh with a .910 save percentage … Had a 10-
game winning streak from 1/13—2/8 and a nine-game winning streak from 10/4—10/28
… Registered 159 minutes of shutout hockey from 12/27—1/3, including back-to-back
shutouts … Finished the playoffs with a 2.32 GAA and a .912 save percentage … Allowed
only one goal in three of his seven playoff games … Joined Hershey at the end of the
Blades’ season and was a backup for one game in the Calder Cup run. 2007-08: Played
in 64 games for Saskatoon … Finished 15th in the WHL with a .908 save percentage
while facing the second-most shots of any goaltender (1,875) … Ranked fourth among
North American goaltenders in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by Central Scouting. 2006-07: Led
Saskatoon with 17 wins … Recorded a four-game winning streak (12/15—1/5) … Ranked
second among rookie goaltenders in the WHL with a 3.21 GAA. 2005-06: Stopped 49 shots
in his debut with Saskatoon.
NHL Transactions
Selected by Washington in the fourth-round, 93rd overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft.
Twitter: @Holts170 ... His father, Greg, was a goaltender for the Saskatoon Blades and
the University of Saskatoon … Favorite player as a kid was Patrick Roy … A baseball and
golf fan who roots for the Toronto Blue Jays ... Favorite athlete and person he would most
like to meet is Derek Jeter ... His first car was a 2001 Hyundai Tiburon ... Lists his favorite
TV shows as Californication, Family Guy and Entourage ... Lists his favorite movies as
Anchorman and Pulp Fiction ... His favorite actor is John C. Reilly.