BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 17: Maxim Afinogenov #61 of the Atlanta Thrashers captures the attention of Buffalo fans in warmups as he returns to play his former team, the Buffalo Sabres, on October 17, 2009 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/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