SUNRISE, FL - APRIL 3: Keith Ballard #2 of the Florida Panthers battles for the puck against Todd White #12 of the Atlanta Thrashers at the Bank Atlantic Center on April 3, 2009 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via 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