ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League announced that they have re-signed former ECHL left wing Quintin Laing to a one-year contract.
The 30 year old is one of a record 15 former ECHL players who helped the Hershey Bears capture a record 10th American Hockey League championship.
The Kelly Cup champion South Carolina Stingrays are the ECHL affiliate of the Capitals whose head coach is former ECHL coach Bruce Boudreau. Boudreau, who coached Mississippi for three seasons winning the Kelly Cup championship in 1999, was named NHL Coach of the Year in 2007-08 becoming the first former ECHL coach to receive the award.
The 6-foot-2 and 210-pound Laing played one game for Washington in 2008-09. He had 25 points (9g-16a) in 55 regular season games for Hershey before missing more than two months with a spleen injury. He returned to the Bears for the postseason and had four points (2g-2a) in nine games.
Selected in the fourth round (102nd overall) by Detroit in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, Laing had 37 points (13g-24a) in 60 regular season games and played in five Kelly Cup Playoff games for Jackson in the ECHL as a rookie in 2000-01 while also playing in the AHL where he had one assist in 10 games for Norfolk.
He returned to Jackson in 2001-02 and had 10 points (4g-6a) in 16 games before being called up to the AHL where he had 21 points (6g-15a) in 61 regular season games and also appeared in four playoff games with Norfolk.