CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 24: Martin Erat #10 of the Nashville Predators takes the puck across the ice as Tomas Kopecky #82 of the Chicago Blackhawks follows behind on October 24, 2009 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/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