Reunion At MedStar: John Carlson, Braden Holtby Attend PWHPA Showcase At MedStar Capitals Iceplex

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While the Washington Capitals are continuing their West Coast swing, the practice rinks at MedStar Capitals Iceplex have not gone unused. Over the weekend, the Professional Women’s Hockey Player Association held their Secret Dream Gap Tour at the NHL club’s practice facility and on Sunday, they had two special guests in attendance.

Capitals defenseman John Carlson, who has been out of the lineup since December after taking a slapshot to the side of the head, and former Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby took in the final day of the PWHPA’s showcase at MedStar.

Holtby played parts of 10 seasons in Washington before departing in free agency in the summer of 2020. After stops in Vancouver and Dallas, Holtby has not played since the conclusion of the 2021-22 season, but has not officially retired from professional hockey.

The Caps drafted Holtby with the 93rd overall pick (4th RD) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft (the same year they took Carlson in the first-round) and he went on to become the team’s number one netminder, playing a key part in the team’s 2018 Stanley Cup run. Upon his return to D.C. with the Dallas Stars last year, he was given a raucous ovation by the Capital One Arena crowd.

Holtby, whose children were born during his time as a member of the Capitals, has often expressed his love of the DMV and during his playing days partook in a number of off-ice initiatives. The 33-year old ranks second (282) in Wins in franchise history, tied for first in shutouts (35), second (.918) in Save Percentage, third (2.53) in Goals-Against Average, and won the Vezina Trophy as the league’s best goalie in 2016, after tying Martin Brodeur’s single season Wins record of 48.

By Michael Fleetwood


About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. Michael joined the NoVa Caps team in 2015, and is most proud of the growth of the NoVa Caps community in that time. An avid photographer, Michael resides in VA.
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5 Responses to Reunion At MedStar: John Carlson, Braden Holtby Attend PWHPA Showcase At MedStar Capitals Iceplex

  1. Diane Doyle says:

    So great that Holtby and Carlson were there to support the event. With his beard and hairstyle, Holtby makes me think of folks from approximately the first century A.D.

    • KimRB says:

      We used to call that the Grizzly Adams look, when I was a kid. The Flintstones were my neighbors on one side and the Rockheads on the other

  2. Esteban says:

    Great story.

  3. Diane Doyle says:

    While not pictured in the pictures there, it appears that John Carlson brought his eldest son to the event. I could recognize that mop of hair.

  4. jonicap says:

    John, look how good (unofficial) retirement is treating Holtby!

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