Pittsburgh Penguins v Philadelphia Flyers - Game Three
PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 19: Fans of the Philadelphia Flyers attend Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Wachovia Center on April 19, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (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