• Has committed to play for the University of Vermont for the fall of 2011.
• In his second year with the U.S. National Team Development Program in 2010-11, Paliotta competed for the Under-18 team recording 13 points (1-12--13) in 52 games. He helped the U.S. win gold at the 2011 Under-18 World Championships.
• The former Choate Rosemary Hall standout also competed in the 2010 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge where the U.S. won 2-1 over Team Ontario to win gold -- Paliotta finished with two points (0-2--2) in six games.
• A hidden talent is playing baseball, at the age of 10 he won a Connecticut State Championship.
NHL team: New York Rangers NHL player: Chris Pronger Shootout move: Fake shot, back hand Goal celebration: Fist pump Video game: NHL 2011 Movie: Friday Night Lights TV show: Entourage Actor: Adam Sandler Website: NHL.com Home-cooked meal: Steak, green beans, mashed potato Activity away from the rink: Hanging out with the boys
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