UNIONDALE, NY - APRIL 06: Michael Grabner #40 (C) of the New York Islanders scores at 14:45 of the first period against the Tampa Bay Lightning and is joined by Thomas Hickey #14 (L) and John Tavares #91 (R) at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 6, 2013 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/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