There might not have been a guy on the ice at Scotiabank Place who better appreciated a 12-9 pond hockey game and getting booed lustily in the process.

Toronto Maple Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul missed almost a full year of hockey after back troubles and a post-surgery infection.

He always figured he would be able to overcome it all and resume his career, but to be on the ice Sunday -- and potting two goals in Team Chara's win over Team Alfredsson -- was beyond even his most lofty expectation.

"I didn't know what the future held for me as far as hockey went. To be here, somewhere where I've never been before, post-injury, is almost surreal," he said in the jammed Team Chara dressing room.