For Alex Morse, it was good to be back.

The longtime Washington Capitals season ticket holder made his return to Capital One Arena for the team's home opener on Saturday, the first game he has attended since he was struck in the head by a stray bullet on New Year's Day.

"So much excitement, joy," Morse told NHL.com about seeing the game in person again. "It was emotional for sure, but happy, absolutely."

Morse, who has been through multiple surgeries and currently uses a wheelchair, was accompanied to the game by his fianceé, Rebecca Newbill.