Before last night's 3-2 loss at the hands of the Dallas Stars, the Anaheim Ducks rewarded one of their up and coming talents by allowing Bobby Ryan to change his jersey number from No. 54 to No. 9. It's Ducks policy for players who've established themselves to be allowed to change their number.
Stoked by donning the number of former Anaheim Mighty Ducks great Paul Kariya and the same number he wore as a kid in honor of his idol, Mike Modano, Ryan went out and scored this nifty individual effort:
The win by Dallas puts them in a three-way tie with Columbus and red-hot Nashville for the final spot in the Western Conference. Anaheim, who has lost three of their last four, is now tied for ninth in the conference.
When Modano was told of Ryan's switcheroo in homage of the Stars forward, he was impressed and likely feeling a bit older than his 38 years given the seventeen-year age difference between the two. The Anaheim sniper was just a year old when the future Hockey Hall of Famer was drafted by Minnesota way back in 1988.
Modano has recently expressed his interest in playing in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, but at this point in his career, it's likely that Ryan will have the better shot out of the two at making Team USA's roster.
Thanks to DayWalk3r for sending along the video.