Brooks Laich can be on my teams anytime. In one of the cruelest turns of fate, Brooks Laich was traded from the Washington Capitals to Toronto Maple Leafs on February 28th. If he wasn’t traded, he would have been demoted to the Washington Capital’s American Hockey League team to try to get some salary cap relief. One way or another, Brooks Laich was not going to be able to compete for a Stanley Cup for the team that he lived and bled for over the last 12 years.
And then Brooks Laich who had been a Washington Capital since 2004 was suddenly gone.
My Brooks Laich story – March 22nd, 2013
I was lucky enough to sit beside Brooks Laich’s relatives at a Winnipeg Jets game three years ago. They had made the trip out from Saskatchewan to see Brooks play. Two adults and two kids were there all decked out in Brooks Laich jerseys and there were the most friendly, honest, and polite people I have ever sat beside.
They made such a good impression I couldn’t help but clap when Brooks Laich opened the scoring at 12:10 of the first. Ever since then I have honestly cheered for the guy.
February 29th, 2016
So Brooks Laich was looking like he would finally get a chance to complete for the Stanley Cup after 12 years and then he wakes up in Toronto a day later. I thought he would be crushed and I am sure that he was. No one could ever tell from how he carried himself though.
All I heard from him in his first media interview was how happy he was to join the Maple Leafs and about the great young core they have in Toronto.
I don’t need to see Brooks Laich name on the Stanley Cup. I already know he is a winner.