* Appeared in his first game of the season on 10/15 vs. OTT, skating 6:58 with one shot and two hits
Missed majority of 2008-09 due to recurring shoulder injury. Missed majority of 2009-10 due to hand injury and as a healthy reserve. Traded to Washigton by St. Louis for Stefan Della Rovere, July 28, 2010. Missed majority of 2010-11 as a healthy reserve.
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