MONTREAL, QC - OCTOBER 24: Montreal Canadien fans with Brian Gionta's wife during the Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night before the NHL game against the New York Rangers on October 24, 2009 at the Bell Center in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Francois Lacasse/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