UNIONDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 29: Darren Helm #43 of the Detroit Red Wings is congratulated by teammates Daniel Alfredsson #11 and Justin Abdelkader #8 on his first period goal as Kyle Okposo #21 of the New York Islanders skates away at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on November 29, 2013 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Mike Stobe/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