|BIRTHPLACE:||Wawota, SK, CAN|
|DRAFTED:||OTT: 2001-193 overall|
|* Had a goal and added an assist on the OT goal in Game 6 at PIT
* Counting playoffs and regular season, had 19 points (7g-12a) in 23 games in April of 2008 and '09
Established new career highs in goals (23), assists (30), points (53) and PPGs (9) … Ranked fourth on the team in goals and PPGs and fifth in points and assists … Had 23 points (8g-15a) in the third period … Had 20 points in his last 21 games (9g-11a) …Averaged more than three minutes more ice time per game (17:16) than the previous season (14:02) … Led Caps forwards with 21.7 shifts per game … Ranked fifth on the team with 24 power-play points (9g-15a) … The Capitals went 14-5-2 when Laich scored a goal and 29-7-4 when he recorded a point … Scored the team’s first goal 10 times … Had 11 multiple-point games and two two-goal games … Recorded 14 points (7g-7a) in the last 10 minutes and overtime of the game, including one GWG and an empty netter … Had goals in consecutive games three times … Posted a season-high four-game point streak (1g-3a) from 10/11—10/18 … Posted his 100th career point on 1/14 at PIT … Recorded a SHG on 3/17 at FLA … Appeared in his 300th career game 3/8 vs. PIT … Posted a career-high three assists on 3/27 vs. TB …Ended the regular season with four goals in his last four games … Finished sixth on the team in playoff scoring with seven points (3g-4a) in 14 games … Two goals came on the PP … Had five points (2g-3a) in five games when the team faced elimination… Scored goals in Games 6 and 7 of the ECSF vs. PIT (5/11—5/13) … Assisted on the OT goal in Game 6 at PIT on 5/11.
One of only four Capitals to play in every game … Set career highs in goals (21) and assists (16); finished third on the team in goals and seventh in points … Tied for second on the team with four game-winning goals (10/8 at NYI; 1/1 vs. OTT; 3/14 vs. ATL and 4/1 vs. CAR) … Led the team (among players who competed in at least 20 games) with a 17.2 shooting percentage … Paced the team with two SHGs … Led the team and ranked 17th among NHL forwards with 56 blocked shots … Scored the Caps’ first goal nine times and the game’s first goal six times … More than half of his goals (11 of 21) came in the first period … Ended the year with 12 goals and 20 points in the last 22 games … Played his 200th career game 1/23 at TOR … Posted the first three two-goal games of his career (2/26, 3/3 and 3/14) and seven PPGs in the last 22 games of the year … Recorded the first four-point game of his career on 2/26 vs. MIN (2g-2a) … Had a shorthanded goal and an assist on the OT winner 3/27 at TB … Tied for fourth on the team with six points (1g-5a) in seven playoff games … Shared the team lead in playoff assists … Tied for second on the team at +2 in the playoffs … Averaged 18:36 of ice time in the playoffs, up 4:34 from the regular season … Had points in each of the last five games of the ECQF vs. PHI (1g-5a, 4/15-4/25), tied for the longest point streak in the NHL in the first round … That point streak was two games longer than his career-best streak in the regular season … Scored his first career playoff goal in Game 3 of the ECQF at PHI (4/15) … Had two assists, a +2 rating and six shots on goal in Game 6 of the ECQF at PHI.
2006-07: Tied for fifth on the team with eight goals in 73 games … Tied for second on the team and 10th in the NHL with three SHGs … Four of his eight goals came during the third period … Finished fourth on the team with 119 shots … Team was 8-6-4 when he recorded a point … Scored his first two career SHGs in back-to-back games (12/9 at PHI, 12/11 vs. PIT) … Scored a goal and was a season-high +3 in a 7-3 win vs. CAR (1/27) … Had goals in back-to-back games 2/25 vs. NJ and 2/27 vs. FLA, including a season-high five shots on goal vs. FLA … Posted four assists and a +4 rating, without a minus game, in the last 13 games of the season.
2005-06: Played 104 total regular-season and playoff games for Washington and Hershey (AHL), tied with Boyd Gordon for the most in the organization … Played in each of the 73 Capitals games after his initial recall from Hershey on 10/25 … Ranked 11th on the team with 21 points (7g-14a) … Ranked second among Capitals rookies in scoring and tied for 47th among NHL rookies … Had 13 points in 10 regular season games with Hershey (7g-6a) … Led Hershey and was tied for eighth in the AHL with 10 points (6g-4a) at the time of his initial recall … Scored his first two career NHL goals in back-to-back games (11/19-11/22) … Tallied 15 points (4g-11a) after 1/1 … Was +7 in a stretch of 25 games (12/1-1/27) … Went 10 games without a minus (3/18-4/5), finishing +3 in that time … Finished the season with three points in the last two games (4/17-4/18, 1g-2a) … Was sixth on Hershey in postseason scoring with 15 points (8g-7a) in 21 games.
2004-05: Spent the season with Portland (AHL), where he finished fifth on the team in goals (16) and tied for eighth in points (26) in 68 games ... His eight PPGs and five GWGs were both tied for the team lead ... Scored two goals against Norfolk (11/28), including the game-winner in a sudden-death shootout ... Scored both Pirates goals in a 2-0 win against Hartford (3/13).
2003-04: His first year as a professional, split the season between OTT, Washington, Binghamton (AHL) and Portland … Started the season with Binghamton, and totaled 33 points (15g-18a) in 44 games … Recalled by OTT and made his NHL debut at NJ (2/3) … Was dealt to the Capitals (2/18) and was assigned to Portland … Recalled by the Capitals on 3/12 and made his debut that night vs. CHI, recording his first NHL point, an assist … After three games with the Capitals, was reassigned to Portland (3/18) … Recalled by the Capitals for one game, at BOS (4/1) … Appeared in six playoff games for Portland.
2002-03: His final season of major junior hockey, played in 60 games for Seattle (WHL), recording 41 goals and 53 assists for 94 points … Led the team in goals, assists and points … Finished the season ranked sixth in the WHL in points, tied for seventh in goals, tied for eighth in assists, tied for seventh in plus/minus and tied for third in PPGs … Played in all 15 playoff games for Seattle, recording five goals and 14 assists … Led the team in playoff points (19) and assists … Represented Canada in the World Junior Championship, winning a silver medal.
2001-02: Totaled 28 goals and 50 assists in 75 games with Seattle and Moose Jaw (WHL) … In 11 playoff games for Seattle, tallied five goals and three assists.
Won a silver medal with Canada at the 2003 World Junior Championship … Posted six points (2g-4a) in six games.
Selected by Ottawa in the sixth round, 193rd overall, in the 2001 Entry Draft … Traded to the Capitals by Ottawa with Ottawa’s second-round choice in the 2005 Entry Draft (later traded to Colorado-Chris Durand) and future considerations for Peter Bondra, Feb. 18, 2004.
Involved in the fight against MS … Supports Athletes Against Autism … Enjoys playing the guitar and golfing … Favorite sport other than hockey is baseball and is an avid Toronto Blue Jays fan … Favorite athlete is Tiger Woods … Lists “A Time to Kill” as his favorite book.