• His grandfather, Lou, played for Detroit and Chicago in the 1950s and was a longtime NHL scout. His uncle, Ryan, is a scout for Montreal. His great uncle, Leonard “Red” Kelly, is an eight-time Stanley Cup champion with Detroit and Toronto.
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