SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 5: Joe Thornton #19 of the San Jose Sharks shakes hands with fans as he walks to the ice to play against the Nashville Predators during an NHL game on April 5, 2014 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