Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils stops the puck on a shot by Tom Kostopoulos of the Montreal Canadiens during the game at the Bell Centre on March 14, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Devils won, 3-1, giving Brodeur his 551st win, tying him with Patrick Roy as the all-time leader. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/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