DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 05: Goaltender Curtis McElhinney #31 of the Anaheim Ducks looks to stop a puck shot by a teammate during the pre-game skate to face the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on February 05, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Martin/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