RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 27: Cam Ward #30 of the Carolina Hurricanes warms up during pre-skate as the Hurricanes prepare to take on the Atlanta Thrashers on March 27, 2010 at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. This will be Cam's first time returning since injuring his lower back. (Photo by Scott Pilling/NHLI via 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