The Washington Capitals will visit the White House Monday, but not everybody on the team will attend.
“I have to stay true to my values," Holtby told the media Friday.
Holtby, a native of Canada, is active among LGBTQ causes and the Human Rights Campaign, causes and issues which often clash with the policies of President Donald Trump's administration.
"My family and myself, we believe in a world where humans are treated with respect regardless of your stature, what you're born into. So, I think that's just where it's at in terms of this decision," he said. "You're asked to choose what side you're on, and I think it's pretty clear what side I'm on."
The Capitals Stanley Cup-winning goaltender said the "more important thing is we're just gearing up for a playoff run" and the visit will not impact "our team unity."
“The things that (Trump) spews are straight-up racist and sexist. Some of the things he’s said are pretty gross. I’m not too into politics, so I don’t know all his other views, but his rhetoric I definitely don’t agree with,” Smith-Pelly said.
"It's everybody's decision," Vrana said Wednesday. "Everybody has certain reasons, but I feel like it's nice to get there to see how's it look inside. I'm real excited for it."