Tears and joy: Clarke MacArthur's return wows Sens fans
MacAthur had not played in an NHL regular season game since October 2015
Ottawa Senators forward Clarke MacArthur returned to the ice last night less than three months after the team said he was done for the season.
MacArthur hasn't played an NHL game in 18 months while he battled symptoms of post-concussion syndrome.
On Tuesday, the veteran played just under 10 minutes in a 2-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
MacArthur, who turns 32 on Thursday, was named the game's third star. He fought tears as fans cheered him on, as well as during a post-game interview (which you can see in the video above).
Sens fans also shared their emotions on Twitter.
So thrilled for Clarke MacArthur and his return to the ice. Can't even imagine how that felt for him, his family and his team <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/sens?src=hash">#sens</a>—@jfarhood
I just shrieked with excitement. Clarke MacArthur is back. <a href="https://twitter.com/Senators">@Senators</a> <a href="https://t.co/f2vMKBZ9YA">pic.twitter.com/f2vMKBZ9YA</a>—@Meg_Kelly1
Wow. Clarke MacArthur back in Sens' lineup for 1st time in over a year. Boost for the Sens? Or a risky move perhaps? You decide.🙂 <a href="https://t.co/uth78T7IzB">https://t.co/uth78T7IzB</a>—@ckendall77
<a href="https://twitter.com/Senators">@Senators</a> Just got home to see Clarke MacArthur back on the ice!! Welcome home #16!! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoSensGo?src=hash">#GoSensGo</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PlayoffRun?src=hash">#PlayoffRun</a>—@thief37
Really hope Clarke MacArthur can finish his career healthy and happy. Good to see him back playing hockey again <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Sens?src=hash">#Sens</a>—@sbellofiore10
Tears seeing Clarke MacArthur get the third star!!<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Sens?src=hash">#Sens</a>—@jacroy67
Pretty awesome to see Clarke MacArthur playing for the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Sens?src=hash">#Sens</a> tonight. Thought that might never happen again. Happy for that guy.—@speedywinger
If anyone hates Clarke MacArthur raise your hand now & meet me at the CTC parking lot. We're fighting and I get first punch. Not debatable.—@connormockett
I love Clarke Macarthur even more after seeing his interview after the game. I'm so unbelievably happy for the guy—@_AneilSaini
Nice moment with Clarke MacArthur. Can't imagine what he went through to get back to the lineup. Two years of dark, helpless, grinding days—@jogasch
I'm happy for Clarke MacArthur. I find it hard not to root for anyone who has struggled with concussions. Must feel amazing being back.—@itsdylanasher