CAREER: In the 2nd season of a 3-year entry-level contract...2013 Calder Cup champion with Grand Rapids... 2012 and 2011 QMJHL President’s Cup champion with the Saint John Sea Dogs...2011 CHL Memorial Cup champion with Saint John...Represented Slovakia at 2011 and 2012 WJC...Youngest player on 2014 Slovakian Olympic Team.
2013-14: Notched 5 points (3-2-5) in 10 games after returning from injury...Scored in back-to-back games for the 1st time, 4/2-4/4...Tallied multi-point games on 12/21 at TOR and 2/27 at OTT...Led Griffins with 32 points (13-19-32) at the time of his recall...Tallied his 1st professional hat trick on 11/16 vs. Rockford IceHogs...Multi-point games: 2...Man Games Lost: 7
OTHER: Sister, Petra, played hockey for Slovakia at 2010 Olympics...Has reached the league finals in each of his last 4 seasons, doing so 3 times with Saint John and last year with Grand Rapids...Has racked up 78 points (34-44-78) in 80 QMJHL and AHL playoff games since 2010.
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 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh