The Toronto Maple Leafs made sure to make Nazem Kadri's return a special one.
Kadri and his parents Sam and Sue got emotional after the Maple Leafs celebrated the Colorado Avalanche forward in his first game back in Toronto on Wednesday.
Kadri was selected by Toronto with the seventh pick in the 2009 NHL Draft and spent his first 10 seasons with the Maple Leafs before they traded him to Colorado on July 1. Toronto played a montage of highlights celebrating his tenure there during a first-period stoppage in play.
"I think I came close to shedding a tear there," Kadri said. "That was special for me."
Sue did shed tears, then saluted her son, and the Scotiabank Arena crowd roared in approval and gave him a standing ovation as Nazem waved.
"I'm forever thankful to the fans for embracing me and treating me so well here in Toronto," Kadri said after the game, a 3-1 Colorado win. "I just always tried to give them everything I had.
"I had a lot of people in the building, family and friends, so it was special to share it with them."
NHL.com Independent Correspondent Dave McCarthy contributed to this report.