Braden Holtby has opted for a design that pays tribute to Gord Downie and the […]

Braden Holtby has opted for a design that pays tribute to Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip on his mask when he debuts for Team Canada at the World Cup.

“Everyone knows the story in Canada,” Holtby told Sportsnet in an interview. “It’s one of those things that has turned a positive from a negative. It’s pretty amazing kind of what Canadians do. I grew up and I can have vivid memories of listening to my first Hip songs. We even had a class in school, a little part of it that was based on (the song) ‘Wheat Kings’ – I mean you just remember it. It’s Canadian, it’s the Hip, and with me being a huge music lover (it made sense).