TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 29: Ryan Malone #12 of the Tampa Bay Lightning talks with a fan during pre-game warm-ups before the start of the game against the Ottawa Senators at the St. Pete Times Forum on October 29, 2009 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/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