Willie O'Ree, the first black player to play in the NHL, is introduced for a ceremonial puck drop prior to a game between the New Jersey Devils and the New York Rangers on February 9, 2009 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. February is Hockey is for Everyone Month as the NHL recognizes the expanding diversity of its players and fans. (Photo by Al Bello/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