RALEIGH, NC - OCTOBER 14: A young Hurricanes fan high-fives Aaron Ward #4 of the Carolina Hurricanes after the pre-game skate before a NHL game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on October 14, 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