BUFFALO, NY - JANUARY 18: Ville Leino #23 of the Buffalo Sabres warms up to play the Columbus Blue Jackets on January 18, 2014 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jen Fuller/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