Stanley Cup Finals - Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings Team Practices
PITTSBURGH - JUNE 02: NHL top prospect John Tavares waits to meet Marian Hossa #81 of the Detroit Red Wings after the Detroit Red Wings Team Practice before Game 3 of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Mellon Arena on June 2, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Harry How/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