Four current Caps’ veterans – Joel Ward, Brooks Laich, Troy Brouwer and Karl Alzner – were asked about rookie hazing in hockey. Here are their responses, regarding the “traditions” involving rookies that take place within the Capitals locker room.
Brooks Laich was the latest Capital to speak publicly on Philly goalie Ray Emery attacking Braden Holtby last week, saying he wasn’t surprised, having played with Emery in the past, that he would do something like that — in an interview with the Junkies on 106.7 The Fan on Tuesday.
One of Brooks Laich’s favorite television shows is called “Trailer Park Boys,” a Canadian mockumentary television series that focuses on the misadventures of a group of trailer park residents living in a fictional town in Nova Scotia.
As Brooks Laich described an end-of-game scuffle he was involved in in Dallas last week during his interview with the Junkies, it became clear that hockey players are so desensitized to fighting, sometimes they don’t remember who they fought or what prompted it.
Brooks Laich, in his weekly appearance with the Junkies on 106.7 The Fan, said the 2013-14 Capitals squad is a solid, solid team that’s right on the cusp, and uhh … closer now than they’ve ever been in his tenure with the franchise.
Brooks Laich, who missed the vast majority of the Caps’ regular season in 2012-13, and all of the playoffs, reported to training camp with another, very minor, unrelated injury, and he’s already “sick and tired of talking about” it, as he told the Junkies on 106.7 The Fan on Wednesday.
Capitals’ center Brooks Laich, who says he’s “100%” after giving everyone a good injury scare on the first day of training camp, lent his first-hand account Thursday to how a knee brace can limit an athlete’s mobility, in relation to Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.
For five seasons beginning in the fall of 2007, Brooks Laich was there virtually every night for the Capitals, missing just four games. But a right groin that wouldn’t heal limited Washington’s most versatile player to just nine games, none in the gut-wrenching seven-game playoff loss to the New York Rangers.
Brooks Laich was in-studio with the Junkies and was asked about the far-fetched possibility of posing in Playgirl Magazine (in light of Steve McCatty). More importantly, he was asked to name his price.
More than a week after Washington was eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs, it’s expected that many Capitals players have fled the metropolitan confines of D.C. for their hometowns and an offseason of recovery. But not Brooks Laich.