BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 28: Marcus Foligno #82 of the Buffalo Sabres prepares his hockey stick with lavender tape for their game against the Dallas Stars on Hockey Fights Cancer Night on October 28, 2013 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. Foligno's mother, Janis, died from cancer in 2009. (Photo by Bill Wippert/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