VANCOUVER, CANADA - MAY 2: A buildng employee puts air into the inflatable whale used during the games at General Motors Place before the game between the Vancouver Canucks and the Chicago Blackhawks during Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 2, 2009 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/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 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh