Laich: Recovery process is ‘the hardest thing’
Brooks Laich always played through whatever bumps, bruises and even the more severe ailments that popped up. He simply refused to be sidelined or miss any significant amount of time.
But for the first time in his eight-year NHL career, Laich can’t will himself back into the Washington Capitals’ lineup. The groin injury he suffered in November while playing in Switzerland during the lockout lingered, leading to an arduous recovery process that is testing his resolve.
“It’s been the hardest thing I think I’ve ever gone through in my hockey career,” Laich said Saturday. “There’s a lot of injuries you can play through and I’ve played through a lot in my career.
“But a lot of those are just about handling the pain, but you are still able to be effective if you can control the pain. The injury that I currently have is a little different than that. If I was on the ice, I wouldn’t be effective for our team; I wouldn’t be able to help our team win.”
No matter how badly he wants to play, being a liability for the Capitals on the ice is not an option for Laich.
“I would never try and play through an injury when I would be subtracting from our team,” Laich said. “That is too selfish.”