Signed as a free agent by Atlanta, September 7, 2000. Missed majority of 2000-01 due to abdominal injury vs. NY Islanders, December 29, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Dynamo Moscow (Russia), July 2, 2001.
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