Dallas Stars goaltender Braden Holtby played his 500th NHL game on November 30, 2021, against the Carolina Hurricanes. On Friday, the Stars celebrated and honored Holtby on the major milestone as general manager Jim Nill presented Holtby with some commemorative items to recognize his incredible journey.
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Nill presented Holtby with a silver stick, which was engraved was the special date:
Holtby also received a crystal award from the league and a bottle of Caymus wine. The bottle, along with the silver stick, had notable engravements of how many games he played with each club: the Washington Capitals (468), the Vancouver Canucks (21), and the Stars (11).
He told the media this morning that the people are what he remembers most, saying, “Hockey is obviously what we do, but there is a lot outside of it—the relationships we make and people that help you in different ways that you are forever grateful for.”
“Mitch Korn always used to tell me it’s a game of people, not pucks and it kind of stuck with me. That’s where my family grew up. That’s home to me so pretty special to see these people again,” Holtby said.
The Stars host the Capitals Friday night at American Airlines Center (9 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington).
By Della Young