"It is a lot leading up to it. I think it's tough on the players, it's tough on the coaches. But I also think that it created an atmosphere that made it more than just a game. I think both teams raised their level of play. I know our team did. I think that's the hardest we've competed for a long time. When you look at over 100,000 in the building, it's impossible not to play harder."
- Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on his team playing in the Winger Classic