Head Coach Scott Gordon and Assistant Coach Dan Lacroix of the New York Islanders direct traffic from the bench against the Dallas Stars on October 23, 2008 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. Dallas wins 5-3. (Photo by Mike Stobe/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