WASHINGTON - JANUARY 05: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals warms up before the game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Verizon Center on January 5, 2010 in Washington, DC. Ovechkin was named captain of the Capitals today. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.
— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh