Brooks Laich discusses his tire change
Like most of his teammates, Brooks Laich did a season wrap-up with the media on Friday afternoon. Unlike his teammates, though, Laich first had to discuss changing a tire for a stranded motorist on the Roosevelt Bridge.
See, that whole little tire change story became kind of a big deal. TSN did a spot, interviewing the woman whose tire was changed. Several other Canadian TV stations and papers picked it up, including the Montreal Gazette and the Ottawa Citizen. The AP moved a story, and the Regina Leader Post ran the item at the top of its website. NBC Sports is planning to do a segment during its weekend national hockey coverage. Laich said that he got more text messages about changing the tire than he had about losing Game 7 to Montreal.
"It was just a tire," he said on Friday. "It's not a big deal. It was just a tire. The lady was stranded on the side of the road, I saw that it was just a lady and her daughter, and I figured my tire expertise outweighed hers. It's a busy spot, on that bridge, and I just pulled over to help them. That's it."
Someone asked if the experience made him feel any better about the loss. Laich seemed to be taking the end of the season as hard as anyone, and I can't imagine changing a tire really made him feel any better. And he didn't exactly answer this question.
"I don't know, just because my day sucked didn't mean that I couldn't help somebody else," he said. "They were disappointed with the way it went. And actually it was kind of funny, she said it might be a positive thing that we lost because she was hoping some season-ticket holders would cancel their tickets and she could get one. So I don't know if that happened or not, but I think it's been blown way out of proportion. It was just a tire. It's not a big deal....Anyway, I hope they made it home safe."
Before he left, someone asked Laich about why he did it.
"Saskatchewan education," he said with a smile.
Here, by the way, is the audio of the driver's call into the Mike Wise Show, where she talks about the incident.
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