SAINT PAUL, MN - MARCH 31: James Sheppard #51 of the Minnesota Wild posts up in front of the net against Mattias Ohlund #2 the Vancouver Canucks during the game at the Xcel Energy Center on March 31, 2009 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/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