DETROIT - MAY 10: Ryan Whitney #19 of the Anaheim Ducks and Kirk Maltby #18 of the Detroit Red Wings battle for the puck during Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 10, 2009 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan (Photo by Dave Reginek/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