TERRACE, BC - SEPTEMBER 14: Jeff Tambellini of the New York Islanders and Willie Mitchell of the Vancouver Canucks speaks to the students while visiting Thornhill Elementary School September 14, 2009 in Terrace, British Columbia, Canada. The Canucks and the Islanders will be playing a pre season game in celebration of Kraft Hockville 2009. (Photo by Rich Lam/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