COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 29: A.J. Zink meets with NHL on-ice officials Derek Amell, Francis Charron, Steve Kozari, and Bryan Pancich as part of Zebra Cares before a game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Edmonton Oilers on November 29, 2013 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/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