RALEIGH, NC - APRIL 23: Chad LaRose #59 of the Carolina Hurricanes is stick checked by Jesse Joensuu #6 of the New York Islanders as he wraps the puck around to the front of the net where goaltender Evgeni Nabokov #20 of the New York Islanders waits to make a save during their NHL game at PNC Arena on April 23, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/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