For the San Jose Sharks, it wasn't the return of just some ordinary Joe.
The San Jose Sharks welcomed back their former captain, Joe Pavelski, now with the Dallas Stars, on Saturday.
The crowd at SAP Center gave Pavelski a standing ovation before the game after the Sharks played a lengthy highlight montage before puck drop.
Pavelski spent his first 13 seasons with San Jose, and is fourth Sharks history in games (963), second in goals (355) and points (761). He wore the 'C' for four seasons between 2015-19 before signing with the Stars on July 1.
Saturday was Pavelski's first game back at SAP Center as a visitor.
After a highlight montage of his greatest moments while with San Jose, the Sharks stick-tapped Pavelski, and he waved and saluted the crowd.