Former Ray Holtby Wins Vezina TrophyJun 23, 2016
As South Carolina Stingrays staff members took part in the annual ECHL Meetings on Wednesday night, just down the road in Las Vegas, a former Stingray took home one of the NHL's most prestgious honors. During the NHL Awards, it was announced that former South Carolina goaltender Braden Holtby had won the Vezina Trophy. This is awarded annually to the National Hockey League's goaltender who is “adjudged to be the best at this position” in voting by the League’s general managers.
Holtby is third former ECHL goaltender to receive the Vezina Trophy joining former Hampton Roads Admirals’ goaltender Olaf Kolzig, who received the award in 1999-2000, and former Birmingham Bulls’ goaltender Tim Thomas, who won the award in 2008-09 and 2010-11. Kolzig works with the Washington Capitals, South Carolina's NHL affiliate, and makes frequent trips to the Lowcountry.
Holtby appeared in 12 games with South Carolina during the 2009-10 season, earning a spot in the ECHL All-Star Game, and posting a record of 7-2-3 with a 2.95 goals-against average and a save percentage of .911.
The 26-year-old appeared in 62 games for the Capitals this season, winning an NHL-best 48 games as part of his 48-9-7 record. He ranked sixth in the league with a 2.20 goals-against average and was eighth with a .922 save percentage.
Selected by the Capitals in the fourth round (93rd overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Holtby has appeared in 244 career games with a record of 149-60-25, 23 shutouts, a 2.37 goals-against average and a save percentage of .921.