RALEIGH, NC - NOVEMBER 01: Scott Nichol #21 of the San Jose Sharks battles for the puck against Andrew Alberts #41 of the Carolina Hurricanes on November 1, 2009 at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Scott Pilling/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