RALEIGH, NC - OCTOBER 09: Brenda Leek, a Uterine Cancer survivor, sings the National Anthem at the beginning of the Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers NHL game on October 9, 2009 at RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/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