Imagine going on live TV with your jaw broken in two places and wired shut! That’s what Quintin Laing did with Comcast Sportsnet’s Lisa Hillary during the second intermission of last night’s 2-0 victory over Buffalo. I don’t know how much discomfort Lainger was in, but he managed to smile pretty much throughout the exchange. Hillary asked Lainger about the projected 4-6 week timeframe for his being sidelined, and in customary Lainger fashion he expressed the intent to be back sooner than that.
It would have been totally understandable had Lainger answered Hillary’s questions with clipped cliches, but of course he didn’t. He was thoughtful and reflective and sincere and most especially inspiring. That’s Lainger. We don’t have the actual interview segment to share with you — heaven knows we’d like to run it for you — and if we come across it we’ll positively post it.
At one point Hillary joked about Lainger’s needing to have finely chopped turkey today. I’ll come over and slice it up for him if he needs it.
Today I think all Washington hockey fans, joined by all those in Hershey, ought to give thanks for having a warrior hero like Quintin Laing in our organization, necessarily improving it. Every hockey team has a guts-and guile guy, but Quintin Laing is something special in the bravery department.
Get well soon, Lainger, and get second and third helpings today.