NEW YORK - APRIL 07: Nik Antropov #80 of the New York Rangers celebrates his second period goal against the Montreal Canadiens with teammates Scott Gomez #19 and Sean Avery #16 on April 7, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/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