DENVER, CO - APRIL 21: Camoflauge military jerseys hang in the Colorado Avalanche locker room prior to the game against the St Louis Blues at the Pepsi Center on April 21, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The jerseys are part of Military appreciation night and will be worn during warm ups and then auctioned off to raise money for chairty. (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 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh