• His most memorable hockey moment was participating in the 2008 Under-18 World Championships. He was named the Top Forward for the tournament after leading all players in scoring with 19 points (10-9-19) and a plus-10 rating in six games.
• He was six years old when he first started playing hockey. He credits his parents on the success of his career thus far for having driven him to games and practices, an hour each way, for seven years.
• When asked which style he patterns his game after, Rajala says that he tries not to copy anyone in particular, but he likes the way Henrik Zetterberg plays.
NHL Team: Detroit Red Wings NHL Player: Henrik Zetterberg Movie: Slap Shot 2 TV Show: CSI Video Game: NHL Actress: Jessica Alba Music Group: Nickelback Website: Facebook.com Pump-up Song: Rock or heavy music Pre-game meal: Spaghetti Bolognese
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