CHICAGO - APRIL 08: Nikolai Khabibulin #39 of the Chicago Blackhawks knocks the puck away from R.J. Umberger #18 of the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 8, 2009 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/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