WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 07: Steven Oleksy #61 of the Washington Capitals warms up before an NHL game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Verizon Center on April 7, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)
The biggest part for us is that it's a home game. We know how special the fans here are and how much the fan base has grown in the last decade, and how passionate they are. I don't think a lot of people around the hockey world know that or appreciate that yet, and I think that it's great that this city is getting recognition for how passionate they are about hockey.
— Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby on the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic