RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 30: Eric Staal #12 of the Carolina Hurricanes fires the puck between Tim Stapleton #14 and the pad of Chris Mason #50 of the Winnipeg Jets during an NHL game on March 30, 2012 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)
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