Former New York Knicks basketball player Willis Reed; Hank Ratner, president and CEO of The Madison Square Garden Company; Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo; Jim Dolan, president and CEO of Cablevision Systems Corporation and executive chairman of The Madison Square Garden Company; and former New York Rangers hockey player Mark Messier cut a ribbon at a press conference announcing the completion of three-year, $1 Billion dollar face lift to Madison Square Garden on October 24, 2013 in New York City.
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