UNIONDALE, NY - DECEMBER 31: Lennart Petrell #37 of the Edmonton Oilers warms up prior to the game against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December 31, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/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