PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 07: Jeff Carter #17 of the Philadelphia Flyers gives an interview to members of the media after the Flyers defeated the Florida Panthers 2-1 on April 7, 2009 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With the win, the Flyers clinched a spot in the playoffs. (Photo by Len Redkoles/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