ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled goaltender Braden Holtby from the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
Holtby, 20, is a first-year pro who stands 6’1”, 209 pounds. He played three games this season with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) before being assigned to South Carolina on Oct. 13. Holtby was 2-1-0 with the Bears with a 1.01 goals-against average and a .967 save percentage. He stopped all 38 shots to record his first professional shutout on Oct. 19 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Holtby has yet to play for South Carolina this season.
The Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, native was the Capitals’ fourth-round choice, 93rd overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He played 61 games for Saskatoon in the Western Hockey League last year and posted a 40-16-4 record, a 2.62 GAA and a .910 save percentage. His 40 wins ranked second in the league while his six shutouts tied for third. He was named the WHL’s Eastern Conference Goaltender of the Year and was a finalist for the WHL Goaltender of the Year. Holtby joined Hershey at the end of the Blades’ season and was a backup for one game in the Bears’ Calder Cup run.
Holtby, No. 70 with Washington, is available to make his NHL debut tomorrow night at Verizon Center against Nashville.