BUFFALO, NY - DECEMBER 19: Fans cheer as Johnny Boychuk #55 of the Boston Bruins warms up to play the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center on December 19, 2013 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jen Fuller/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