ST PAUL, MN - MARCH 27: (L-R) Clayton Stoner #4, Torrey Mitchell #17 and Jared Spurgeon #46 of the Minnesota Wild celebrate a goal by Mitchell during the first period of the game against the Phoenix Coyotes on March 27, 2013 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/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