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Caps goalie coach Kolzig: “Holtbyisms” are fine…for now

May 7, 2012, 1:11 PM EDT

This is mostly just an excuse to post this video…

…but we suppose what Capitals associate goalie coach Olie Kolzig said about Braden Holtby’s routines and rituals is sort of interesting.

“One thing that maybe we’ll address next year is just the amount of stuff – Holtbyisms as you guys call them,” Kolzig said, as per “Maybe we can cut those down a bit, because eventually it’s going to wear on him and it’ll burn him out.

“But for right now it’s working, so don’t mess with it. I think the more he plays here, the more comfortable he’s going to get and the more confident. Once he starts feeling a lot more like he’s part of the NHL, I think some of that stuff will filter or phase out. But right now, whatever he’s doing is working, and guys are feeding off of it.”

Holtby has admittedly had trouble controlling his nerves in the past. Perhaps the “Holtbyisms” are a way to distract his anxious mind.

Or maybe he’s just another weird goalie.

  1. lsxphotog - May 7, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    I like the Holtbyisms. Every goalie has their own little rituals, his are no weirder than some that I’ve seen.

  2. hockeyflow33 - May 7, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Looks like most are just regular visual and physical exercises to get ready for the game

  3. davidpcoelho - May 7, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    I like the Holtybism where he manages to keep the Caps within 1 for the vast majority of the playoffs. Hope that does not get fazed out.

  4. lllewsor - May 7, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Whoever put Explosions in the Sky to all of his Holtbyisms…thank you.

  5. kicksave1980 - May 7, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Sure, some of that seems a little over the top, but a lot of it is him doing things like cleaning/scraping the crease and stretching in the hallway. All goalies do those things…maybe with a little less flair, but still.

    I always liked Kolzig when he played, and he was a great goalie. So what if Holtby is a little quirky…If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

  6. lewdood - May 7, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Um… I play goal and do almost every single one of the “Holtbyisms” in the video. Focus exercises, angle exercises, stretches, audio/spatial routines (hitting the posts to get a rhythm and determine your outer coverage areas), sweeping the crease of snow (I call it groundskeeping when I do it). All seems pretty normal to me…

    I think they’re just “Goalieisms”.

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