RALEIGH, NC - FEBRUARY 08: Dale Weise #22 of the Montreal Canadiens battles for the puck against Jay Harrison #44 of the Carolina Hurricanes during a game at PNC Arena on February 8, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/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