DALLAS, TX - JANUARY 2: Valeri Nichushkin #43 of the Dallas Stars falls to the ice as he tries to keep the puck away against P.K. Subban #76 of the Montreal Canadiens at the American Airlines Center on January 2, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Glenn James/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