"THE CONVERSATION" Episode #19, With Tom Laidlaw, NHL Defenseman, New York Rangers, LA Kings

March 6, 2020

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Tom Laidlaw is a former National hockey League and play from 1979-1991 with the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings. He left the NHL and played one season for the Phoenix Roadrunners of the IHL before retiring from hockey.

Tom left Brampton and played his college hockey at Northern Michigan University in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He was then drafted in the 1978 draft by the New York Rangers, 6th rd, 7th pk (93rd overall).

Tom’s reputation was known as a grinder, sturdy, stay-at-home defenseman.

Tom played ten years in the NHL and was part of a trade for future Hall of Famer Marcel Dionne. He didn’t exactly put the biscuit in the basket a lot, scoring only 25 goals in 705 games. He was an ironman, missing only two games out of the first 320 games of his Rangers career. That ended when he ruptured his spleen in a 1985 game against the Bruins.

After Tom’s playing days he became the color commentator on Kings’ radio broadcasts. He currently runs a sports management company, he also is a motivational speaker and frequently uses his mantra of living a “True Grit Life.” He promotes the “True Grit Life” through public speaking engagements and weekly podcast episodes.

Tom competed on Survivor: Island of the Idols, the 39th season of the CBS series Survivor. He was the first Canadian-born person to be a contestant on the show. He was voted out on Day 14, finishing in 16th place out of 20 contestants.

In the 2009 in a book “100 Ranger Greats,” the authors ranked Tom at No. 87 all-time of the 901 New York Rangers who had played during the team’s first 82 seasons.

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