ANN ARBOR, MI - DECEMBER 29: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) One of the scoreboards in the end zone sites atop the stadium during the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Build-Out on December 29, 2013 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Sandford/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