Brooks Laich's All-Star Break
The Capitals scattered for the all-star break, with many going home to visit their families. Nicklas Backstrom even went to Sweden. In the case of Brooks Laich, this meant a trip to Saskatchewan, which isn't necessarily a popular January vacation spot.
Laich wanted to see his family, but he also wanted to see his younger brother play hockey for the first time in a half-decade. Jordan Laich is a blue-liner for the Bienfiet Coalers of the Big Six senior league, an amateur outfit which is celebrating its 50th anniverary.
"I haven't seen my brother in five months, and I haven't seen him play hockey in six years," Laich said today. "So he always supports me and comes and watches me every year for a couple games, and I'm the same. I'm still proud, whether he's playing senior back home or whether he's playing in the NHL, I'm still proud that he's my brother and I want to watch him play. And going back to watch him play and see him for a couple days was more important to me than sitting on a beach somewhere."
Over the break, the Coalers beat the Redvers Rockets and lost to the Midale Mustangs. Jordan is third on the team in points.
"They all work jobs, they work during the day and then about 6:30 they go to the rink that night and just play hockey," Laich said. "They don't get paid any money, they play for the love of the game, just for fun. [I] signed some autographs, did some pictures with some kids. It was fun. I loved watching him play, that's all."
Laich also talked to an interviewer from NPR for his regular segment with them, and he talked about the break.
"It doesn't matter how far you have to fly, it's totally refreshing, refreshing mentally," he said. Not seeing your family is "one of the sacrifices you make when you play hockey, but it's nice to see them. It mentally refreshes you, and you come back with a new attitude, excited to see the guys again. You could just tell when we got on the plane two days ago to fly to Boston, guys were coming on the plane with big smiles, high fives, everyone's asking each other how the break was, and everyone came back feeling great."
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