On Tuesday, the Caps’ PR man Nate Ewell posted the following on Twitter:
Who’s a bigger cult hero: Laing or Bradley? @dcsportsbog may lure some back to Lainger’s camp http://bit.ly/aWvr0I
The link is an article that the Post’s Dan Steinberg wrote about Quintin Laing and his thoughts on the win streak. However, most of the article was filled with praise for Laing, from his coach and teammates. How could you not like a guy like this? As Brooks Laich shared with Dan:
“If I wasn’t playing, if I was in his position, I’d be hanging from a noose in the middle of Constitution right now. I have so much respect for that man, for what he does for us that you guys don’t see. I wish you could bring a camera behind the scenes and see what it is. But he means so much to this locker room.”
Laing has worked extremely hard to get to the NHL, but he doesn’t give up. Even when he’s sidelined by a torn spleen, swine flu, and a broken jaw, he doesn’t quit. It’s amazing to watch his willingness to block shots. Taking the puck at full blast can’t be an easy thing to do. Every team has good character guys, but it sounds like Laing is the cream of the crop. It’s impossible not to respect someone with his drive and work ethic.
It’s interesting that Nate mentions Matt Bradley, though; the Bradley bandwagon is certainly a popular one. Who wouldn’t like a guy who stands up for his teammates against the disgusting Steve Downie, as seen in the Jan. 12 game against Tampa Bay? I know I was cheering him on. And who could forget Bradley’s bloody fight against Aaron Voros in November? It’s heroics like these that spurred a “#needsmorebradley” hashtag on Twitter and a fake Twitter account, @needmorebradley. Because, really, everyone needs more Bradley- and, as some would argue, Laing!