• His father, Brian, a defenseman, was drafted 26th overall in 1984 by the Blues and went on to play 568 games in the NHL (1984-85 to 1994-95) for St. Louis, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Edmonton and Florida. His uncle, Jim, was drafted sixth overall in 1981 by the Maple Leafs -- he played nine seasons with Toronto and Vancouver.
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