Signed as a free agent by California, October, 1971. Selected by Edmonton (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 13, 1972. WHA rights traded to Phoenix (WHA) by Edmonton (WHA) for cash, June, 1974. Traded to Cincinnati (WHA) by Phoenix (WHA) for cash, April, 1977. Traded to Edmonton (WHA) by Cincinnati (WHA) for Butch Deadmarsh, December, 1977.
I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.
— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh