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Washington Capitals Goalie to Skip Visit With Trump

By    |   Friday, 22 March 2019 03:46 PM

The star goaltender of the 2018 Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals is opting out of the team's visit to the White House on Monday, calling it a "personal thing" that he hopes does not detract from the visit.

Braden Holtby told ESPN on Friday that he decided not to meet with President Donald Trump, making him the third player from the winning squad to skip the private meet and greet.

"It's one of those things you have to think about, but for me, I have to stay true to my values. I'm going to respectfully decline the offer," Holtby said.

"It's a tough situation for everyone, to be forced into making a decision. You're a team. You want to stick together, no matter what. I hope everyone kind of blows it away — that you don't worry about who goes and who doesn't. For me, it's just a personal thing. I believe in what I believe in.

"In order to stick to those values, I have to do what I think is right, but that doesn't make a difference in anyone else's decision. We stick by every teammate and their decision."

Capitals forward Brett Connolly also declined to attend the event, as did Devante Smith-Pelly — who is currently playing on the Capitals' farm team, the Hershey Bears.

After the Capitals won the Stanley Cup last June, Smith-Pelly, an African-American, said, "the things that [Trump] spews are straight-up racist and sexist."

Capitals coach Todd Reirden told ESPN his players have the right to decline the meeting with Trump, which will not be open to the media.

"I understand our players and their decisions and I respect it," Reirden said. "They're allowed to make their own decisions. It's important that we support them in whatever decision that they make."

The Capitals play at Capital One Arena, which is about a mile from the White House.

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The star goaltender of the 2018 Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals is opting out of the team's visit to the White House on Monday, calling it a "personal thing" that he hopes does not detract from the visit.
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