UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 29: Thomas Vanek #26 of the New York Islanders skates in warmups prior to playing in his first NHL game against the New York Rangers at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on October 29, 2013 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/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