SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 29: Joe Thornton #19 of the San Jose Sharks skates for the puck against Ryan Getzlaf #15 of the Anaheim Ducks during an NHL game on December 29, 2013 at SAP Center in San Jose, California. (Photo by Don Smith/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