Frans Nielsen of the New York Islanders takes down Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals on January 19, 2009 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Capitals defeated the Islanders 2-1 in overtime. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
The biggest part for us is that it's a home game. We know how special the fans here are and how much the fan base has grown in the last decade, and how passionate they are. I don't think a lot of people around the hockey world know that or appreciate that yet, and I think that it's great that this city is getting recognition for how passionate they are about hockey.
— Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby on the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic