We hockey fans are a passionate bunch. We wear our heart on our sleeves. We are quick to critique failure and even quicker to celebrate success. And usually we understand when a player needs to be traded from our favorite team and there is a social media buzz about the years they played with us. Caps fans have gone through some of that in the last couple of years with trades from Matt Hendricks to Mike Green. We felt the disappointment that they had to go, we wished them the best, and celebrated them in videos at Verizon Center.
And then there is Brooks Laich.
We knew his stats were slipping. We all wrote about it. We all knew there was trouble on the fourth line and that Brooks was part of the problem. We knew it was only a matter of time.
- First the rumors started about trading Brooks.
- Then the Caps put him on waivers.
- He cleared waivers.
- We attempted to explain that he could stay or he could go (to Hershey)
- And then the Caps announced he was gone – a trade with Connor Carrick to the Toronto Maple Leafs, the worst team in the NHL.
Now that hurt!!
We have great memories of Brooks on and off the ice.
And the tweets late Sunday night, (because everyone was up watching the Oscars) expressed the depths of respect for Brooksie and extreme sadness that he is moving on from us. One such tweet from Anna Knox is representative of the massive tweets that went out to Brooks on Sunday and Monday.
Laich it or not, trades are a part of hockey. Ok, let’s just say the business side of this sport stinks sometimes! Losing a player such as Brooks Laich has been devastating to our hockey family here in DC . From the GM getting choked up when talking about the trade. to ourselves completely crying over the fact that Brooks will no longer be a part of the Caps! Admit it, tears were shed!!
How exactly are you supposed to handle this kind of stuff?! Our photographer Mel writes:
“Well, I thought I would write how much I appreciate Brooks and it looks like I’m not the only one. Which really makes me feel better about the fact that I’m not alone . Together we Caps fans can console each other and know that we were lucky to have Brooks with us for the past decade!”
Good luck Brooks!!
And thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
We will miss you!
Love your fans in DC
We are humbled that Brooks chose one of our photographs in his thank you post to fans. Remember to bring your tissues to the game tonight for the tribute.
I want to express my extreme gratitude and my sincerest thank you to everyone in the DMV area for all you have given me in the last 12 years! I appreciate you letting me share the wonderful game of hockey with you, and I hold the people and the city in the highest regard! I am incredibly humbled by the support I have received in the past two days, and want to thank each and every one of you for the impact you have had on my life and my career!