The Capitals had a phenomenal 2015-16 season and Braden Holtby was a major reason why. In recognition of his historic season, the Capitals will honor their netminder in a pregame ceremony prior to Tuesday's game against the Colorado Avalanche.
Holtby, 27, tied Martin Brodeur's record for wins in a single season with a 48-9-7 record. He also registered three shutouts, a 2.20 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage. After the season Holtby was awarded the Vezina trophy as the NHL's top netminder.
It can be hard for players to distinguish themselves while playing on a team with other super stars. Just ask Nicklas Backstrom. Yet, Holtby made the NHL take notice last year with his spectacular play in net and was arguably the team's MVP. In addition to the Vezina, Holtby also earned his first selection to the NHL All-Star Game and was included on Team Canada for the World Cup of Hockey over other notable netminders such as Roberto Luongo and Marc-Andre Fleury.
According to the team, Holtby will receive a special gift from the organization during the ceremony. All fans at the game on Tuesday will also receive a Holtby fan banner.