BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 3: Shawn Thornton #22 of the Boston Bruins waits in the hallway before warm ups prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the TD Garden on October 3, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/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