DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 20: Vladimir Tarasenko #91 of the St. Louis Blues warms up playing soccer with his teammates prior to facing the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on February 20, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/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