SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 04: Ryan Getzlaf #15 of the Anaheim Ducks battles for the puck against Jeremy Roenick #27 and Jonathan Cheechoo #14 of the San Jose Sharks during a NHL game on April 4, 2009 at HP Pavilion at San Jose in San Jose, California. (Photo by Don Smith/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