Capitals Duo Don Special Masks For Military Appreciation Night
Washington Capitals goaltenders Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer have teamed up with Dave Gunnarsson of DaveArt to produce two special edition masks as part of the organisations Military Appreciation Night, which takes place Thursday Feburary 4th when the Capitals host the New York Islanders.
The event, now in it’s 14th year, will see more than 500 military service personnel attend the game at the Verizon Centre with Lance Corporal Josh Misiewicz of the U.S. Marines participating in the pre-game ceremonial face-off with team Captains Alexander Ovechkin and John Tavares.
The Capitals will also wear special camouflage jerseys during the pre-game warm up, which, along with Holtby and Grubauer’s masks, will be auctioned off by Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) Foundation.
Holtby’s special edition design borrows heavily from his regular mask, with Grubauer’s also baring a number of similarities to previous designs Gunnarsson has produced for the 24-year old, with all funds raised from the auction going to great causes in the shape of USO-Metro and Defending the Blue Line.
Currently considered the front runner for the Vezina Trophy by many pundits, Holtby boasts a 30-5-3 record this season, as Washington has dominated in the Eastern Conference with the 26-year old posting a .929 save percentage and 2.07 goals-against average as the club raced to the top of the standings.
German born Grubauer has also played well for the Capitals when called on, going 5-4-1 with a 2.30 goals-against average and .916 save percentage as he adapts to a more established role in the NHL, having played a part in each of the Capitals past three seasons.