Clarke MacArthur hadn't played alongside his teammates in 16 months, so being back brought some tears to his eyes.
Once thought lost for the season, MacArthur made his big comeback in the Ottawa Senators' 2-0 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday and played 9:44. It was a long road back for MacArthur, who had not played in a game since October 14, 2015, because of post-concussion syndrome.
The 11-year veteran was emotional in a postgame interview.
"To get the chance to play again, it's a great feeling," MacArthur said, fighting tears. "It's been two years of never knowing if you are going to get back or what's going to happen, so, just happy to be back playing."
MacArthur was named Third Star for the game.