NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 04: Reid Boucher #15 of the New Jersey Devils skates during pregame warmups prior to playing in his first NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Prudential Center on December 4, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Marlin/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