05/10/2012: In the midst of a 2 month stretch on the ice that Braden Holtby will never forget, he can add some off the ice memories to this same time period. On Thursday, May 10, 2012, Braden Holtby's giancee Brandi Bodnar gave birth to the couple's first child. Holtby, 22, said that they planned the delivery for Thursday to be a minimal distraction to the team during the Eastern Conference semi-finals matchup against the New York Rangers. Benjamin Hunter Holtby was born in the DC area, as Brandi has moved there to be with Braden after her spring semester ended at school in Canada.
Congratulations to the new parents.
Raise your hand if you even knew who Braden was before the opening series of the NHL playoffs against Boston.
If you raised your hand you are either related, lying or a connoisseur of mid level AHL goaltending prospects. Truthfully, if it wasn't for injuries Braden would still be in the AHL but he is making the most with his chance (and killing Boston's nerves in the process).
Along for this incredible albeit unexpected ride is Braden's fiancée, Brandi. Well maybe not physically along for every ride up and down the East Coast, as Brandi attends school in Canada. She is also pregnant with the couple’s first child and after game 5 of the Boston series, Brandi tweeted the following out to her to-be husband:
I love you babe, but these games are getting too intense for your very preggy fiancee #contractions #preggyproblems
Brandi has been away from Braden for most of the season because of school. However, according to her twitter feed Brandi just finished her spring semester classes during the Boston series and is heading to DC to spend time with Braden. In the offseason the couple lives in Lloydminster.