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Capitals Re-Sign Center Brooks Laich

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
Washington, D.C. – July 13, 2006 – The Washington Capitals have re-signed center Brooks Laich, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

 
“Brooks has excellent size and speed,” said McPhee. “We look forward to him developing into an offensive threat this year.”
 
Laich, 23, played in each of the 73 games for the Capitals since his initial recall from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) on Oct. 25, 2005. He ranked 11th among Capitals players with 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists). Laich was also second among Capitals rookies in scoring and tied for 47th among NHL rookies in 2005-06.
 
Laich was a member of the 2006 Calder Cup championship Bears team, ranking tied for fifth among Bears players and tied for 15th in the AHL in playoff scoring with 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in 21 games.  He also scored 13 points in 10 regular season games with Hershey this season (seven goals, six assists).
 
The 6’2”, 208-pound native of Wawota, Saskatchewan, was Ottawa’s sixth-round choice, 193rd overall, in the 2001 Entry Draft. The Capitals acquired Laich from Ottawa, Feb. 18, 2004.

Brooks Laich
Position: Center
Birthday: June 23, 1983 (Wawota, Alberta)
Height: 6-2       Weight: 208       Shoots: Left
Acquired: From Ottawa with Ottawa’s second-round choice in the 2005 Entry Draft and future considerations for Peter Bondra,
Feb. 18, 2004.
 
CAREER STATISTICS
                                                                                 Regular Season                                           Playoffs
Year        Team                       League          GP       G      A    Pts     PIM          GP       G      A    Pts  PIM
2000-01   Moose Jaw             WHL              71       9      21      30      28       4       0       0       0       5
2001-02   Moose Jaw             WHL              28       6      14      20      12        -        -        -        -        -
               Seattle                      WHL                 47      22     36     58    42       11       5       3       8      11
2002-03   Seattle                    WHL              60      41      53      94    65      15       5      14      19      24
               Canada                    WJC                 6       2       4          6        0         -        -        -        -        -
2003-04  Ottawa                    NHL                1       0       0       0          2          -        -        -        -        -
               CAPITALS                 NHL                 4       0       1       1          0         -        -        -        -        -
               Binghamton             AHL                44      15      18    33     16         -        -        -        -        -
               Portland                   AHL                 22       1       3       4         12       6       0       0       0       0
2004-05   Portland                   AHL              68      16      10      26      33       -        -        -        -        -
2005-06  CAPITALS             NHL                73       7     14     21        26          -        -        -        -        -
               Hershey                   AHL                10       7       6      13          8         -        -        -        -        -    
CAPITALS TOTALS                                      77       7     15     22        26           -        -        -        -        -
 
Drafted: Ottawa’s sixth-round pick, 193rd overall, in the 2001 Entry Draft.
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