• He led the Dubuque Fighting Saints in scoring this season registering 55 points (24-31--55) in 49 games. His six game-winning goals were tied for fourth in the United States Hockey League.
• Girgensons has committed to the University of Vermont for the fall of 2012.
• In 2010-11, he finished third overall on Dubuque with 49 points (21-28--49) in 51 games and was selected to the mid-season Western Conference All-Stars. He had eight points (3-5--8) over 11 games in the playoffs helping Dubuque capture the 2010-11 USHL Championship.
• Girgensons represented Latvia at the 2012 World Junior Championship and the 2010 World Under-18 Championship.
• His first introduction to the North American game was in 2008 through the Selects summer hockey program. In 2009-10, he played for Vermont’s Green Mountain Glades in the Eastern Junior Hockey League.
• He first put skates on at the age of three with his father, Aldis, who had played in Russia’s second league.
NHL team: Detroit Red Wings NHL player: Rick Nash, Ryan Smith, Ryan Kesler Goal celebration: Arms up Video game: COD, Black Ops and NHL 11 Movie: Troy, The Town TV Show: Two and Half Men Actors: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Blake Lively Website: NHL.com, sportacentrs.com (Latvian) Restaurant: Olive Garden Sport (other than hockey): Soccer Breakfast food: Eggs or oatmeal Place to visit: Italy
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