Ron Brind'Amour of the Carolina Hurricanes and Scott Niedermayer of the Anaheim Ducks pose for a photo with Orange County-based athletes who medaled in the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games prior to the game on October 19, 2008 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Debora Robinson/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