RALEIGH, NC - JANUARY 29: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals for Team Staal is interviewed by Heidi Androl of the NHL Network at the Red Carpet Arrivals part of the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend at the Raleigh Convention Center on January 29, 2011 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (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