Goaltender Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils makes a skate save on a point blank shot by Simon Gagne of the Philadelphia Flyers at the Prudential Center on March 1, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. Brodeur made 27 saves to earn his 100th career regular season shutout as the Devils blanked the Flyers, 3-0. (Photo by Andy Marlin/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