Brooks Laich on Julianne Hough

I restrained from writing about Brooks Laich’s celebrity relationship with Julianne Hough for a few days. But when the Caps forward is talking about that relationship on a local radio show, it’s kind of hard to ignore.

Hough — the “Footloose” actress “Dancing With the Stars” winner, Self cover girl and ex of Ryan Seacrest — spent several days with Laich in Southern California over the Caps’ Olympic break. When the longtime Cap made his regularly scheduled appearance with the Junkies on 106.7 The Fan Wednesday morning, this was obviously a primary topic.

Laich explained that he met Hough in December through local actor (and Caps fan) Teddy Sears, who stars with Hough in an upcoming movie, “Curve.” Sears had shown Laich to Hough while watching Caps games on set, and promised to introduce them.

To be honest, I had never seen an episode of ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ “ Laich quipped. “But in my defense, she had never seen a Caps game either until she met Teddy. But other than that, I don’t want to get into a whole lot of it. I’m kind of shy on my personal life. But she’s a cool cool gal. She’s just a sweatheart. Very loving, very giving. She puts so much great out into the world. I’m a pretty lucky guy.”

Jason Bishop then asked what it was like to deal with the paparazzi during the six days Laich spent in L.A.

“That was a new experience for me,” Laich said. “I mean, I’ve been around camera crews and whatever, pictures and autograph seekers and stuff before, but those guys are relentless. We’re just driving through town and they’re swerving in and out of traffic, trying to follow you. We just went for a hike one day and they’re running through the leaves and the bushes. It’s like, these guys are working hard. But you look at it a positive way, like hey, they’re photographing our little trip here, this is great.”

And Laich certainly made it seem like this was not just a February dalliance.

“She’s actually at a point right now where she can kind of be flexible with her schedule,” he said. “Ours [with the Caps] is gonna be pretty intense here for the next little bit, but then we’ll figure it out. The summer comes and I’ll have time to be flexible then, and we’ll make it work. We’ll figure it out.”

Regardless of what happens next, this relationship has already created some amazing celebrity journalism prose.

“NHL pro Brooks Laich is known to hockey fans as a defense-first center, but he just scored big time,” the New York Daily News reported.

“Julianne Hough loves a man with a big stick … ergo her new hockey player boyfriend,” TMZ snickered.

“Julianne Hough’s romance with new beau Brooks Laich looks hot enough to melt the polar vortex!” Us Weekly gushed. “Just one day after Us Weekly confirmed that the two are dating, the Dancing With the Stars alum and the Washington Capitals hockey player were spotted sharing a romantic kiss at LAX airport.”

“Now for Laich’s man candy stats — the super-hot hockey hunk comes in at 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 210 pounds,” E! Online explained. “He’s also got a killer smile!”

Dan Steinberg writes about all things DC sports at the DC Sports Bog.
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