NEW YORK - APRIL 20: Alexander Semin #28 of the Washington Capitals is congratulated by teammates on the bench for his first-period goal against the New York Rangers during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 20, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Scott Levy/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