Capitals’ Braden Holtby Realizes Lifelong Dream, Brings Stanley Cup Home to Saskatchewan


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After spending the weekend with the Capitals’ Mike Booi, Madison Bowey and Ross Mahoney, the Stanley Cup headed west to Lashburn, Saskatchewan, for a day with Capitals goalie Braden Holtby. (Reminder, you can find the latest schedule of dates for Capitals players “day with the Stanley Cup” right here.) 

The Stanley Cup showed up in Marshall, Saskatchewan, late Monday evening ahead of Braden’s day with the Cup today. Holtby and his family posed for a few photos near the family farm in Marshall, Saskatchewan.


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Lashburn, the site of today’s public event, is located 22 miles east of Lloydminster (Braden’s hometown) on the Yellowhead Highway, on the banks of the Battle River. Founded in 1903, Lashburn is a mere 2,167 miles, or a 33-hour drive from Braden’s office in Washington, D.C. (lower right corner of map).

Lashburn Sports Complex, Lashburn, Saskatchewan
Folks lined up bright and early Tuesday morning at the Lashburn Sports Complex in Lashburn, Saskatchewan – population, 967. Braden played his youth hockey at the facility. Estimates at the end of the day had the total crowd in attendance at around 6,000.


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The event ran  from 9:00 a.m.to noon, local Lashburn time. Braden met with fans, posed for photos, signed autographs for those who were up early to meet the Vezina winner. Braden first met with the local youth team, the Lashburn Flyers, his old team, and took a picture with the team as well.

Back where it all began for Braden. #ALLCAPS #StanleyCup

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Pic with the cup✅ Autograph from Holts✅ Day = made😍

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Lloydminster Animal Hospital
Following the public event in Lashburn, Braden and Stanley made a stop at the Lloydminster Animal Hospital.

So I had kinda of an interesting day!

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Holtby Party, Sandy Beach, Saskatchewan
The Holtby family returned to Marshall after the public event in Lashburn and stop in Lloydminster for a private party at the Holtby farm. Below, Braden and son Benjamin show off their trophies.

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celebrating w/ the best 🇨🇦🍾🏆 #washingtoncapitals #holtby #stanleycup

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Now that’s a good looking cake (and couple)! #ALLCAPS #StanleyCup

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Braden not only realized his own personal dream today, but he also made a few other dreams come true as well. Typical Holts.

The following is a video interview with Holtby on his family farm in Marshall, conducted by the fine folks at Sportsnet back in June. It does a great job of capturing the hometown flavor. Highly recommended viewing.

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By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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