BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 30: Fans of the Buffalo Sabres enjoy a spring afternoon parking lot cookout before the game against the Washington Capitals on March 30, 2013 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. The fans are Nicole Bonaroti, Gilbert Gillian, Jason Kraft and Ann Crowley (L-R). (Photo by Bill Wippert/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