Greenwich man competing on 'Survivor'

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GREENWICH — Greenwich resident Thomas Laidlaw, a former defenseman for the New York Rangers, is one of the contestants on the upcoming season of “Survivor.”

Laidlaw is joining 19 other contestants in the reality-show competion airing on CBS, in a quest for $1 million and the title of “Sole Survivor.”

“I know how to build an alliance and win challenges and then do whatever it takes to win,” Laidlaw said on the cast page for the show. He says he’s “disciplined, dedicated, and stubborn,” as well as a longtime follower of the show.

The show pits contestants against each other on a deserted island, making them compete in challenges for rewards and immunity from elimination. The contestants vote to eliminate each other from the island, and the game continues until only one “survivor” remains.

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Laidlaw, a native of Canada, left the National Hockey League after the 1990 season, spending 10 years in the league as a pro.

Laidlaw has also worked as an agent and runs his own business, Laidlaw Sports Management, based in Rye Brook, N.Y.

Laidlaw took part in a benefit in Ridgefield earlier this year, with other NHL veterans. The event at the Ridgefield Playhouse raised money for the Vanishing White Matter Families Foundation, which funds medical research of the extremely rare brain disease. Sam Buck, an 8-year-old Greenwich boy, has endured a six-year battle with the rare terminal disease.

The premiere date for “Survivor” season 39 — “Island of the Idols”— is set for Sept. 25. The show was taped in Fiji this spring, according to media reports.