ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 8: Jaden Schwartz #9 and David Backes #42 of the St. Louis Blues skate after the puck as Alec Martinez #27 and Rob Scuderi #7 of the Los Angeles Kings fall to the ice in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 8, 2013 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Mark Buckner/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