Snapshot of Sacrifice

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.

photo by Michelle Scalise, Comcast Sportsnet

photo by Michelle Scalise, Comcast Sportsnet

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3 Responses to Snapshot of Sacrifice

  1. Patrick says:

    This guy is truly the epitome of grit. Give him a face sheild so he can get back in the line of fire Saturday night.

  2. CapsFan1975 says:

    Poor Lainger! I’ve heard that Boudreau thinks he’s looking pretty thin. A bummer that his injury happened just before Thanksgiving and he’ll need mashed up food, like his babies.

  3. Laura says:

    Hershey definitely knows very well the dedication and determination Q has. It’s evident with almost every shift he takes that he loves the game of hockey, and that he’ll do just about anything for the sake of his team. It’s a shame that he wasn’t able to walk away with the Masterton Memorial Trophy several years back. Lord knows the man deserved it — and still does. Thanks for all your hard work Q! We miss you and your family in Hershey, but we could not be more proud of your success in Washington!

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