One of the finest players to grace Canada’s national hockey team, as well as the National and American Hockey Leagues, Brooks Laich has the net worth to prove that he made his mark before closing the curtain on his hockey career. Brooks played for the Canadian national team before joining the NHL and AHL to play for several teams, including the Ottawa Seniors and the Washington Capitals. His career took him international, where he spent part of a season with the Switzerland hockey league. A center forward during his time, Laich won several awards and titles to his name.
Here’s How Brooks Laich Made His Wealth
Although Brooks Laich has become a well-known hockey star, it is imperative to note that he made a large chunk of his net worth from the sports, as well as endorsements, incentives, and other business endeavors. Learn more below.
Laich’s Start in the Junior Leagues
His start in the world of hockey was when he began playing minor hockey in his hometown of Wawota, Saskatchewan, Canada in the year 2000. Passionate about the sport form a very young age, Brooks Laich would go on to make a name for himself after earning both top scorer and most valuable player while playing for the team Tisdale Trojans in the 1999 – 2000 season. The following season, Laich moved up to the junior league, playing for the Moose Jaw Warriors in the Western Hockey League. For the team’s 2000 – 01 season, he appeared in 71 games, scoring nine goals, and having 21 assists. His performance earned him the club’s award for Scholastic Player of the Year for the season.
The following season, Brooks Laich started with the Warriors and appeared in 28 games before he was traded to the Seattle Thunderbirds. The rest of his junior league career was with the Thunderbirds, where Laich continued garnering accolades. For the 2001-02 season, he was named the Most Dedicated Player, as well as being named WHL’s Western Conference MVP. Not only that, but he was included in the Western Conference First All-Star Team and the Canadian Hockey League’s Third All-Star Team.
Brook Laich’s Move to Professional NHL Games
Brooks Laich was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, making his debut for the team in February 2003 against the New Jersey Devils. He was later traded to the Washington Capitals, where he spent the 2004-05 season with the Portland Pirates, the Capitals American Hockey League affiliate. For the 2005-06 season, he played with Capital’s new AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears. In 2006, he returned to the NHL, where he signed a one-year contract worth $606,100 with the Capitals.
By the end of the season, he was resigned by the Capitals for a $725,000 contract, valid for the 2007-08 season. He appeared in 82 games for the season, scoring 21 and assisting with 16. As a free agent by the end of the 07-08 season, Brooks Laich and the Washington Capitals were able to come to an agreement on July 9, 2008, when the Capitals signed him for a three-year contract totaling $6.2 million. In the 2008-09 season, he played in all 82 of the Capitals’ games, with 23 goals and 30 assists. Laich could not continue this streak in the following season though, missing out on four games due to a cheekbone injury he sustained in February 2010. However, that didn’t stop his performance, and he ended the season scoring 25 goals and assisting in 34.
Another contract extension came, and this time, Brooks Laich was signed by the Washington Capitals for a six-year contract on June 28, 2011. The contract was worth the tune of $27 million and was due to expire by the end of the 2016-17 season. Within the period, he suffered both a groin injury, as well as a minor shoulder injury, which affected his performances during the 2012-2013 and 2014-15 seasons. By the 2015-2016 season, his offensive performance declined drastically, with only one goal scored with six assists.
On February 28, 2016, he was eventually traded to his boyhood team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. A few days later, the Maple Leafs played against his former team the Capitals, losing the match 3-2. Laich stayed with the Maple Leafs for the 2016-17 season before he was released as a free agent.
Accepting a try-out contract for the Los Angeles Kings’ training camp, Laich would end up signing a one-year contract with the Kings worth $650,000. Sadly, due to an early injury and low-performance scores during the season, Laich was placed on unconditional waivers before he went for a mutual termination of his contract on November 27.
How Much is Brooks Laich Worth?
Brooks Laich’s net worth had enough ample room to grow into what it is. Before July 2008, Brooks Laich had been earning an average of $660,000 annually. By the time he signed his first multi-year contract with the Washington Capitals, the figures grew exponentially. For his three-year contract, Laich earned $1.7 million for the 2008-09 season, $2.1 million for 2009-10, and $2.4 million for 2010-11.
With his extension, he was able to earn an average of $4.5 million from the 2011-12 season till 2016-17, with his highest annual salary at $6.5 million for the 2011-12 season. Considering his career achievements, as well as documented salary earnings, the former hockey player is, no doubt, a millionaire. With that said, Brooks Laich’s net worth is estimated to be $35 million, all of it well-earned over his twelve-year hockey-playing career.
Who is Julianne Hough, Brook Laich’s Wife?
Brooks Laich is married to none other than American dancer and singer-songwriter Julianne Hough. Born on July 20, 1988, Julianne has won the celebrity dancing show Dancing with the Stars twice. She was given a Primetime Emmy nomination in 2007 for her dancing in season five of the ABC reality show. A native of Orem, Utah, Hough won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography in 2015 with her brother, professional dancer Derek Hough.
Julianne Hough comes from a family of performers. Her brother, Derek, is a six-time winner of Dancing with the Stars. Her maternal and paternal grandparents were all dancers, and she is the cousin of musicians Rydel, Rocky, and Ross Lynch—members of the pop-rock band R5, and Riker Lynch—an American singer and actor well-known for his role as Jeff on the Fox series Glee.
After her appearances on Dancing with the Stars, Hough joined the show as a permanent fourth judge in September 2014, starting from the 19th season. She remained a judge until the show’s 24th season in 2017. Since then, she has appeared in other TV shows like Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Punk’d, Nashville, Lip Sync Battle, Grease Live, and several others.
What We Know About Their Relationship and Marriage
Brooks Laich met Julianne Hough in December 2013. They were introduced to each other by mutual friend Teddy Sears, an actor who co-starred with Hough in the 2015 horror movie Curve. By February 2014, it was official that the pro hockey player and pro dancer were in a relationship. Over a year later, on August 18, 2015, to be exact, Laich announced via Instagram than he and Hough were engaged.
Some time passed, and they finally tied the knot on July 8, 2017, in Lake Coeur d’Alene. A favorite summer vacation spot during her childhood years, Julianne introduced Brooks to the lake. According to her, he fell in love with it at first sight. The wedding was attended by the couple’s family and friends, with 200 people showing up for the ceremony. Nina Dobrev, well-known for her role in Vampire Diaries, was a bridesmaid at the wedding. The couple lives together in Los Angeles, California, with their husky named Koda.