Traded to Atlanta by Phoenix with the rights to Ruslan Zainullin and Phoenix's 5th round choice (Patrick Dwyer) in 2002 Entry Draft for Darcy Hordichuk and Atlanta's 4th (Lance Monych) and 5th (John Zeiler) round choices in 2002 Entry Draft, March 19, 2002. Traded to Nashville by Atlanta with Simon Gamache for Ben Simon and Tomas Kloucek, December 2, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Yaroslavl (Russia), June 13, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Voskresensk (Russia), December, 2004. Signed as a free agent by St. Petersburg (Russia), July 22, 2005.
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