NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 15: Jeff Vanderbeek, co-owner and managing partner of the New Jersey Devils, poses with a fan at Newark Penn Station on his way to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoff Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between the Carolina Hurricanes and the New Jersey Devils on April 15, 2009 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Marlin/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