RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 9: Tim Wallace #29, Jiri Tlusty #19 and Alexander Semin #28 of the Carolina Hurricanes participate in warmups prior to an NHL game against the New Jersey Devils on Military Appreciation Night, March 9, 2013 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. At the 10th annual event, the Hurricanes wore camo jerseys during the pre-game skate to honor all members of the armed forces for their service. (Photo by Karl DeBlaker/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