Dallas Stars forward Corey Perry couldn't hold the emotion inside any longer, choking up during an intermission interview with Fox Sports West in his return to Anaheim on Thursday.
Perry spent the first 14 seasons of his career with the Ducks before signing with the Stars this offseason.
In what was no surprise, Perry was given a loud ovation by fans in attendance at Honda Center.
Video: Perry First Period Tribute
But in what was a surprise to Perry, the team arranged for 50 kids from the Learn to Play program, an organization co-sponsored by Perry and former teammate Ryan Getzlaf, to greet him.
Also, Getzlaf and some members of Ducks brass showed up to celebrate Perry's 1,000th career game, which he eclipsed earlier this season.
Among the gifts given to him were a Hublot watch and a giant bottle of wine with "1000" etched on it.
Perry was clearly emotional in a short address to the crowd before handing out hugs to former teammates.