Tom Laidlaw

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Tom Laidlaw
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Laidlaw in 2019
Born (1958-04-15) April 15, 1958 (age 65)
Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for New York Rangers
Los Angeles Kings
NHL Draft 93rd overall, 1978
New York Rangers
Playing career 19791991

Thomas John Laidlaw (born April 15, 1958) is a Canadian retired ice hockey defenceman. [1] [2]


Laidlaw started his National Hockey League career with the New York Rangers in 1980, arriving from Northern Michigan University. [1] He also played for the Los Angeles Kings. [2] He left the NHL after the 1990 season. [3] He played one season for the Phoenix Roadrunners of the IHL before retiring from hockey. Afterward, he became the colour commentator on Kings' radio broadcasts. [4] He currently runs a sports management company [5] in Rye Brook, New York. [6] Laidlaw is also a motivational speaker and frequently uses his mantra of living a "True Grit Life". [7] Laidlaw promotes the "True Grit Life" through public speaking engagements and weekly podcast episodes. [8]

Laidlaw competed on Survivor: Island of the Idols , the 39th season in 2019 of the CBS series Survivor. He was the first Canadian-born person to be a contestant on the show. [9] He was voted out on Day 14, finishing in 16th place out of 20 contestants.

In the 2009 book 100 Ranger Greats, the authors ranked Laidlaw at No. 87 all-time of the 901 New York Rangers who had played during the team's first 82 seasons. [10]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1973–74 Bramalea Blues MetJHL
1974–75Bramalea BluesMetJHL
1975–76Bramalea BluesMetJHL
1976–77 Northern Michigan University CCHA 321131495
1977–78 Northern Michigan UniversityCCHA2417895
1978–79 Northern Michigan UniversityCCHA29102030137
1979–80 Northern Michigan UniversityCCHA398303883
1979–80 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 100001016727
1980–81 New York Rangers NHL 80623291001414518
1981–82 New York RangersNHL79318211041003314
1982–83 New York RangersNHL800101075911210
1983–84 New York RangersNHL79315186250008
1984–85 New York RangersNHL61111125230224
1985–86 New York RangersNHL6861218103702212
1986–87 New York RangersNHL631101165
1986–87 Los Angeles Kings NHL11033450002
1987–88 Los Angeles KingsNHL57112134750224
1988–89 Los Angeles KingsNHL703172063112356
1989–90 Los Angeles KingsNHL5718942
1990–91 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 40112
NHL totals70525139164717694172178

Awards and honours

Chinguacousy Township Section 'A' Novice Champions [Bramalea Merchants]1967-68 [11]
All-CCHA First Team1978-79
All-NCAA All-Tournament Team1980 [13]


Laidlaw was one of 20 castaways to compete on Survivor: Island of the Idols , the 39th season of the American reality competition show Survivor . At the start of the game, he was placed on the Lairo tribe, where he formed a bond with fellow tribemates Elaine Stott and Vince Moua. On Day Eight, Moua was voted out by the majority, despite Laidlaw's attempts to get tribemate Karishma Patel out of the game. On Day 12, Laidlaw and Stott were split up by the tribal swap; she was sent to Vokai while he remained on Lairo, where he was joined by five old Vokai members. On Day 14, Laidlaw again tried to get his tribe to vote out Patel, but the new members of the tribe, wary of Laidlaw's connections to his old tribemates, decided to vote him out instead.

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