NEWARK, NJ - SEPTEMBER 29: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders warms up before playing against the New Jersey Devils during their preseason game at the Prudential Center on September 29, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/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