BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 30: Fans of the Buffalo Sabres enjoy a spring afternoon parking lot cookout before the game against the Washington Capitals on March 30, 2013 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. The fans are Nicole Bonaroti, Gilbert Gillian, Jason Kraft and Ann Crowley (L-R). (Photo by Bill Wippert/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