SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 02: Marc-Edouard Vlasic #44 of the San Jose Sharks gets checked up against the boards by Mike Fisher #12 of the Nashville Predators in the first periord of their game at HP Pavilion on February 2, 2013 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/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