Alan May visits Locker in the hospital after his first hip surgery. (Photo credit: @Laughlin18)
After spending a relaxing week in Waterloo, Ontario with his 90-year-old mother, former Capital and current CSN color analyst Craig Laughlin returned home to have hip replacement surgery Wednesday. If you recall, Locker had his other hip replaced earlier this year in May, missing Game Five of the Capitals playoff series against the New York Rangers. However, Locker remained with the team in spirit that night. In one of the more inspiring moments of the playoffs, the affable Canadian tweeted out a picture of himself watching the game on his iPad, a retro Capitals jersey neatly draped over his body. Aww.
Before his surgery today, Locker showed off his trademark humor, bragging that he was “getting the Ferrari of new hips.” After he got out of the operating room, Locker tweeted out another update, letting us know everything went well.
Another surgery down, another new hip. I feel as good as new. heading home tomorrow. cant wait to have @mayhockeycsn as my chauffeur!
— Craig Laughlin (@Laughlin18) September 6, 2012
That should be one wild ride.
In recent years, Laughlin’s hip has hampered him. While he was able to compete in the Winter Classic Alumni game in 2011, Locker was forced to the sidelines and coach during last year’s Alumni Game at Kettler Capitals IcePlex. Hopefully, the new hips will get the former 30-goal scorer back on the ice with his fellow alumni, putting the biscuit in the basket at the same pace he did as a kid.
All of us here at RMNB would like to wish Locker a speedy recovery. Feel free to share your own well wishes for him below!
S/T to Courtney Laughlin.