NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 11: Former NBA player and Newark native Shaquille O'neal drops the ceremonial first puck between team captains Ed Jovanovski #55 of the Florida Panthers and Bryce Salvador #24 of the New Jersey Devils prior to the game at the Prudential Center on January 11, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Marlin/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