SPORTS: Washington Capitals

#21 Brooks Laich - Center

  • POSITION: Center
  • HEIGHT: 6'2"
  • WEIGHT: 210
  • BIRTHPLACE: Wawota, Saskatchewan
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 06/23/83
  • AGE: 32

Brooks Laich BIO:


Missed 39 games due to injury ... Registered an assist on 3/31 at PHI ... Recorded an assist on 3/30 at BUF ... Scored first goal of the season on 3/22 at WPG ... Tallied first assist of the season on 3/21 at WPG ... Made season debut on 3/19 at PIT after missing 28 games due to injury.


Finished t-5th on the team in goals (16) and 6th in points (41). Played in all 82 games for the second-consecutive year. Recorded a GWG and an assist on 4/5 vs. FLA. Shootout-determing goal on 3/29 at BOS. GWG on 3/11 vs. TOR; SHG. GWG on 3/10 at BOS. Scored GTG on 3/6 vs. CAR. Scored WSH’s lone goal on 2/18 at TB. Tallied 2 assists on 2/4 at MTL. Scored team’s fi rst goal on 2/1 at FLA. Registered 2 assists on 1/13 vs. TB. Scored a goal and an assist on Dec. 23 at NJ. Played in his 500th career NHL game, against his original team, and scored GWG in overtime on 12/3 vs. OTT. Scored the GWG on 11/21 vs. PHX. Played as a defenseman on 11/12 vs. NJ. Recorded 3 assists on 11/1 vs. ANA. Collected an assist on 10/22 vs. DET. Added an assist on 10/18 vs. FLA. Led all WSH forwards in ice time for each of the first two games of the season. Recorded his first assist of the season on 10/10 vs. TB. Scored his first goal of the season on 10/8 vs. CAR. Finished t-5th on the team in playoff points and 2nd in assists. Ranked 2nd among Capitals forwards in ice time per game during the postseason (20:13). Recorded 1g-2a in Game 3 of the ECQF vs. BOS.


2010-11: Finished fourth on the team in points (48), sixth in goals (16) and third in assists (32). Was one of just three Capitals players to play in all 82 regular-season games. His 207 shots were second on the team. Extended his career-high assists streak to five games with two helpers on 4/6. Had seven assists in his last six games. His first period goal on 3/15 at MTL was the 100th of his NHL career; his first career goal was also at MTL; in a 5-1 win on 11/19/2005. Scored in consecutive games four times, with the last coming on 3/13 vs. CHI and 3/15 at MTL. Eight of his 16 goals were the Caps’ first of the game; four were the first goal of the game. Had three goals and five points in his first five games of the season. Had 4 PPGs, all on the road, and 10 of his 16 goals on the road. Recorded two multiple-point games during the playoffs (4/23 vs. NYR, 2a;5/1 vs. TB, 1g-1a). Ranked second on the team during the playoffs in points (7). Led the Caps in the playoffs in assists (6). 

2009-10: Played in 78 games and established career highs in points (59), goals (25), assists (34), PPGs (12) and plus/minus (+16). Ranked second on the team in PPGs and fifth on the team in points, goals and assists. His PPG total ranked tied for 13th in the NHL. Had 19 points in his last 19 games (8g-11a). Ranked fifth on the team with 21 power-play points (12g-9a). Tied for second on the team with eight goals in the final 10 minutes and overtime. Matched career-high with four GWGs. Led the Caps with two overtime goals (10/24 vs. NYI and 4/5 vs. BOS). Team was 15-2-2 when he scored a goal and 30-7-7 when he recorded a point. Second among Caps forwards with 21.4 shifts per game. Set a new career high and fi nished tied for third on the team with 222 shots. Second among Caps forwards in total shorthanded TOI (164:09). Began the season with a career best four-game assist streak (10/1—10/8,3g-4a). Matched his career-high with three assists 10/29 at ATL …Scored his seventh career SHG 1/17 vs. PHI. Had his fi rst career hat trick 2/10 at MTL. Registered a career long six-game point streak (3/10—3/20, 4g-4a). Set a new career mark with goals (4g) in three straight games (3/16—3/20). Had two goals and an assist in seven playoff games. Recorded a multiple-point game 4/19 at MTL (1g-1a). Scored the Caps’ last goal of the season in Game 7 (4/28). 

2008-09: Established career highs at the time in goals (23), assists (30), points (53) and PPGs (9). Ranked fourth on the team in goals and PPGs and fifth in points and assists. Had 23 points (8g-15a) in the third period. Had 20 points in his last 21 games (9g-11a). Averaged more than three minutes more ice time per game (17:16) than the previous season (14:02). Led Caps forwards with 21.7 shifts per game. Ranked fifth on the team with 24 power-play points (9g-15a). The Capitals went 14-5-2 when Laich scored a goal and 29-7-4 when he recorded a point. Scored the team’s first goal 10 times. Had 11 multiple-point games and two two-goal games. Recorded 14 points (7g-7a) in the last 10 minutes and overtime of the game, including one GWG and an empty netter. Had goals in consecutive games three times. Posted a season-high four-game point streak (1g-3a) from 10/11—10/18. Posted his 100th careerpoint on 1/14 at PIT. Recorded a SHG on 3/17 at FLA. Appeared in his 300th career. game 3/8 vs. PIT. Posted a career-high three assists on 3/27 vs. TB. Ended the regular season with four goals in his last four games. Finished sixth on the team in playoff scoring with seven points (3g-4a) in 14 games. Two goals came on the PP. Had five points (2g-3a) in fi ve games when the team faced elimination. Scored goals in Games 6 and 7 of the ECSF vs. PIT (5/11—5/13). Assisted on the OT goal in Game 6 at PIT on 5/11. 

2007-08: Had 21 goals and 16 assists. One of only four Capitals to play in every game. Finished 3rd on the team in goals and 7th in points. T-2nd on the team with four GWGs (10/8 at NYI; 1/1 vs. OTT; 3/14 vs. ATL and 4/1 vs. CAR). Led the team (among players who competed in at least 20 games) with a 17.2 shooting percentage. Paced the team with two SHGs. Led the team and ranked 17th among NHL forwards with 56 blocked shots. Played his 200th career game 1/23 at TOR. Posted the first three two goal games of his career (2/26, 3/3 and 3/14) and seven PPGs in the last 22 games of the year.Recorded the first four-point game of his career on 2/26 vs. MIN (2g-2a). Had a SHG and an assist on the OT winner 3/27 at TB. Tied for fourth on the team with six points (1g-5a) in seven playoff games. Shared the team lead in playoff assists. Tied for second on the team at +2 in the playoffs. Averaged 18:36 of ice time in the playoffs, up 4:34 from the regular season. Had points in each of the last five games of the ECQF vs. PHI (1g-5a, 4/15—4/25), tied for the longest point streak in the NHL in the first round. That point streak was two games longer than his career-best streak in the regular season. Scored his first career playoff goal in Game 3 of the ECQF at PHI (4/15). Had two assists, a +2 rating and six shots on goal in Game 6 at PHI. 

2006-07: T-5th on the team with eight goals in 73 games. T-2nd on the team and 10th in the NHL with three SHGs. Four of his eight goals came during the third period. Finished 4th on the team with 119 shots. 

2005-06: Played 104 total regular-season and playoff games for Washington and Hershey (AHL), tied with Boyd Gordon for the most in the organization. Played in each of the 73. Capitals games after his initial recall from Hershey on 10/25. Ranked 11th on the team with 21 points (7g-14a). Ranked 2nd among Capitals rookies in scoring. Scored his first two career NHL goals in back-to-back games (11/19—11/22). Was 6th on Hershey in postseason scoring with 15 points (8g-7a) in 21 games as the Bears won the Calder Cup. 

2004-05: Spent the season with Portland (AHL), where he fi nished 5th on the team in goals (16) and t-8th in points (26) in 68 games. His eight PPGs and fi ve GWGs were both tied for the team lead. 2003-04: Recalled by OTT and made his NHL debut at NJ (2/3). Was dealt to the Capitals (2/18) and was assigned to Portland Recalled by the Capitals on 3/12 and made his debut that night vs. CHI, recording his first NHL point, an assist.

Junior Career

2002-03: Led the team in goals, assists and points. Finished the season ranked 6th in the WHL in points, t-7th in goals, t-8th in assists, t-7th in plus/minus and t-3rd in PPGs. Played in all 15 playoff games for Seattle, recording five goals and 14 assists. Led the team in playoff points (19) and assists. Represented Canada in the World Junior Championship, winning a silver medal.


Won a silver medal with Canada at the 2003 World Junior Championship.


Selected by OTT in the sixth round, 193rd overall, in the 2001 Entry Draft. Traded to the Capitals by OTT with OTT’s second-round choice in the 2005 Entry Draft (later traded to COL-Chris Durand) and future considerations for Peter Bondra, Feb. 18, 2004.


Supports Athletes Against Autism. Enjoys fishing and golfing. Favorite sport other than hockey is baseball and is an avid Toronto Blue Jays fan. If he wasn’t playing hockey, would love to be in a rock band.

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