SAN JOSE, CA - OCTOBER 03: Jason Garrison #5 of the Vancouver Canucks and Alexander Edler #23 of the Vancouver Canucks celebrate after Garrison scored a goal in the first period of their game against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on October 3, 2013 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/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