BUFFALO, NY - DECEMBER 21: Thomas Vanek #26 of the Buffalo Sabres is photographed by a group of female fans while warming up to play the Anaheim Ducks at HSBC Arena on December 21, 2010 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
It is really special. I had a lot of friends and family here tonight, and for my first [NHL] game in here it was great. I played here as an elementary-school player in the city championships and this was my first time back. It was a lot of fun.
— Toronto native Brandon Pirri after scoring 2 goals for Panthers in win at Maple Leafs on Thursday