GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 14: Zbynek Michalek #4, Oliver Ekman-Larsson #23 and goaltender Mike Smith #41 of the Phoenix Coyotes stand attended for the National Anthem before the NHL game against the Carolina Hurricanes at Jobing.com Arena on December 14, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/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