SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 5: Joe Thornton #19 of the San Jose Sharks shakes hands with fans as he walks to the ice to play against the Nashville Predators during an NHL game on April 5, 2014 at SAP Center in San Jose, California. (Photo by Don Smith/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