RALEIGH, NC - FEBRUARY 23: Young Carolina Hurricanes fans attempt to get the attention of their favorite players prior to an NHL game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on February 23, 2013 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Phil Ellsworth/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