PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 17: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates during warmups prior to the game against the Boston Bruins on March 17, 2013 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh wore special green jerseys in honor of St. Patricks Day. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/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