Traded to Ottawa by Chicago for Denis Chasse, the rights to Kevin Bolibruck and Ottawa's 6th round choice (traded back to Ottawa Ottawa selected Chris Neil) in 1998 Entry Draft, March 18, 1997. Signed as a free agent by Manitoba (IHL), August 24, 1999.
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