MONTREAL - APRIL 11: Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates his 1st period goal as Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens kneels in dejection during their NHL game at the Bell Centre April 11, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec. (Photo By Dave Sandford/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