One of the Canadian most loved sports is Ice Hockey. Evan Brooks Laich is a Canadian ice hockey player currently playing for the Toronto Marlies in the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract to the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). He plays at the centre position.
Brooks Laich entered into this world on 23 June 1983, so he is 33 years old now. He was born in Wawota, Saskatchewan, Canada. Laich started playing minor hockey in his hometown of Wawota, Saskatchewan. During the 1999–2000 season, he was the top scorer and most valuable player for the midget AAA Tisdale Trojans. He was the runner-up for league MVP.
Laich started his junior hockey career with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League (WHL) during the 2000-01 season. He played in 71 games with the Warriors, scoring 9 goals and adding 21 assists. He started the 2001–02 season with the warriors but was traded to the Seattle Thunderbirds along with Tomáš Mojžíš for Craig Olynick and Stas Avksentiev. The deal was unpopular with Warriors fans, as Olynick left the club and Avksentiev never reported.
After this, Laich played for Thunderbirds only for his left junior career. He was named the team’s Most Dedicated Player after the 2001–02 season. His offensive game flourished further in his first full season with the Thunderbirds (2002–03), as he finished the season with 41 goals and 53 assists, leading the team. These stats placed him sixth overall in the WHL points race. He was named the WHL’s Western Conference MVP. He was also named to the WHL’s Western Conference First All-Star Team and the Canadian Hockey League’s Third All-Star Team.
The beginning of Brooks’s professional life started in 2002. He played his first professional game in the American Hockey League (AHL) for the Binghamton Senators in 2003. He made his National Hockey League (NHL) debut with the Senators on February 3, 2003, against the New Jersey Devils. The NHL lockout saw Laich spend the entire 2004–05 season with the Pirates, playing in 68 games, finishing eighth on the team in scoring with 16 goals and 10 assists.
Laich played in 104 regular season and playoff games between the Capitals and their new AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears; this tied him for the most games played in the organisation with Boyd Gordon in the year 2006. Laich played the entire 2006–07 season with the Capitals, scoring eight goals and adding ten assists. After the season, Laich and the Capitals went to salary arbitration, where he was awarded a one-year contract worth $725,000. Laich played in all 82 games for the Capitals during the 2007–08 season and set career highs in goals, assists and points.
His 21 goals ranked third overall on the team. He led the Capitals with two short-handed goals and played in his 200th career regular season game. Similar was the season 2008-09. Laich’s streak of consecutive games played was broken in the 2009–10 season, when he missed four games with a cheekbone injury in February 2010. He still managed to set new career highs in both goals (25) and assists (34).
As the player representative for the Washington Capitals during the 2012 NHL-NHLPA CBA negotiations, Laich stated in support of the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) that, “At some point, you have to dig your heels in and fight. If we don’t this time, then what happens next? Appeasement only makes the aggressor more aggressive, and the players really understand that. We believe in our cause and our leadership and I believe we’re more unified this time and ready for a fight.”
February 27, 2016, the Capitals placed Laich on waivers for the purpose of sending him to the Hershey Bears of the AHL.
Brooks Laich Net Worth in year 2017 is approximately $25 Million US Dollars
Brooks Laich has a net worth of $25 million US dollars as of 2017. He makes over four million dollars annually as a wage. On June 28, 2011, Laich signed a six-year, $27 million contract extension worth $4.5 million per season.
In the 2015–16 season, Laich’s offensive production rapidly declined, while his $4.5 million caps hit stuck out as one of the only adverse aspects of a league-leading Capitals squad, to this one journalist wrote, “It’s ironic that money is what ultimately forced the Caps to move Laich. This is a guy who loves the game so much, he’d probably play for free.”
He is engaged to professional dancer and actress Julianne Hough.
Brooks as a passionate player has been very disciplined throughout his life. Laich is a hard worker, and dedicated to his team, saying, “If I asked you about your family, you would talk about them forever because it’s something you love. That’s the way I feel about this team. This team is my life, and I love playing here and I’m passionate about playing hockey. So it’s easy for me to talk about it.”