ANAHEIM, CA - DECEMBER 9: (L - R) Joe Piscotty, Brad Lauer, Bob Woods assistant coaches and Bruce Boudreau head coach of the Anaheim Ducks look on from the bench during warm ups before the game against New York Islanders on December 9, 2013 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Debora Robinson/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