Washington Capitals as Star Wars characters

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Braden Holtby: Chewbacca

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby share some similarities with everyone’s favorite Wookie Chewbacca. Chewbacca would probably be the best possible goalie of all the Star Wars characters (other than possibly Jabba The Hut but he is extremely immobile). One could make the argument that Holtby is at least among the best goalies in the NHL. They both have epic beards and are quite hairy.

Chewbacca is a very intense character. He’s constantly in the middle of things, whether it’s firing weapons or helping Han Solo with his missions. Holtby is often at the center of things, guarding the Capitals net like it’s the Millenium Falcon and he’s facing the Death Star. He’s also an extremely competitive and intense competitor, though he has learned to channel that intensity over the past two seasons. That has made him a much better goalie. Chewbacca is quite good at that too. He’s only aggressive when the situation calls for him to be aggressive.

Holtby is a bit more of a star than Chewbacca was in the Star Wars movies. He’s probably closer to a Han Solo and Chewbacca hybrid. The physical similarities between Holtby and the Wookie are undeniable. Chewbacca is definitely the best fit for Holtby.

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