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Perry's emotional return to Anaheim includes ovation, lavish gifts

Former Ducks forward, now with Stars, honored for 1,000th career game

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / Staff Writer

Perry gets emotional

DAL@ANA: Perry gets emotional speaking on his return

Corey Perry who was a member of the Ducks franchise from 2005-2019 speaks on his return to Anaheim and the emotions he felt in the Honda Center

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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.

Tweet from @AnaheimDucks: Corey Perry got emotional as he was surprised prior to tonight's game by a gathering of former Ducks teammates, executives and 50 kids from the Learn to Play program co-sponsored by Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, as they honored his distinguished career in Anaheim and 1,000 NHL games.

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.

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