Left winger Brad Lauer was a tenacious worker whose career lasted over 300 NHL games. He spent most of his playing days in the New York Islanders' organization and was useful as a defensive worker and forechecker during his career.
Born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Lauer played junior with the WHL's Regina Pats. He was chosen 34th overall by the New York Islanders in the 1985 Entry Draft and registered consecutive 30-goal seasons as an amateur.
The industrious winger played solid defence and saw a bit of time on the power play as an NHL rookie in 1987. The next year, he scored a personal high 17 goals before adopting almost exclusively a checking role over the next three years. Lauer also battled injuries periodically and was a part time player in Chicago, Ottawa, and Pittsburgh in the mid-1990s. He retired in 2000 after recording three straight 20-goal seasons for the IHL's Cleveland Lumberjacks and toiling admirably for the Utah Grizzlies.