• A hip injury ended Puempel’s draft eligible season on Feb. 21, but he still ended up leading the Petes in scoring with 34 goals and 69 points in 55 games. His operation was performed by renowned hip specialist Dr. Marc Philippon – the same doctor who operated on Mario Lemieux and Marian Gaborik. He is expected to make a full recovery.
• Puempel was the youngest player in the history of the Petes’ to score 33 goals in a season. The Peterborough sniper led all OHL rookies in scoring with 64 points in 59 games en route to capturing both OHL and CHL Rookie of the Year honors in 2009-10.
• Playing for the Sun County Panthers in Midget AAA in 2008-09, he put up 88 goals and 144 points in 76 games. He was also a member of Team Ontario for the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, and helped them take home a silver medal, scoring five points in six games.
• He got his start in hockey following in his older brother’s footsteps and honed his skills on Cottam Pond near his home – “We used to always truck out there and my dad would sit in the car and watch my brother and I play, which was a lot of fun”.
NHL team: Toronto Maple Leafs NHL player: Jarome Iginla Shootout move: “Low blocker” Goal celebration: “Kiss the finger” Movie: Elf TV show: Seinfeld Actors: Will Ferrell and Ben Stiller Cartoon: Simpsons Pump-up song: “All I Do is Win” by DJ Khaled feat Ludacris Restaurant: The Keg Sport (other than hockey): Lacrosse Breakfast food: Toast with peanut butter Superhero: Spiderman
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