• He is committed to attend the University of North Dakota in the fall of 2013.
• His father, Steve, was selected 15th overall in 1978 by the Islanders. He won a Stanley Cup with the Islanders in 1980 and went on to play for the Colorado Rockies, New Jersey, Calgary and Vancouver. His brother, Jeff, was selected 27th overall in 2003 by the Kings and played 242 NHL games for Los Angeles, NY Islanders and Vancouver; he competed in Switzerland in 2012-13.
It's a tribute to him, and everything he's done and deserved is coming to fruition tonight with his jersey in the rafters. He's going to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. And I said today, if he's not, take my stuff out. If he doesn't deserve to be in there first ballot, no one does. Except for (Wayne) Gretzky, I guess.
— Hockey Hall of Fame member Brett Hull on former teammate Mike Modano, whose No. 9 was retired by the Dallas Stars on Saturday