Pittsburgh Penguins v Philadelphia Flyers - Game Four
PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 21: Sergei Gonchar #55 of the Pittsburgh Penguins checks Mike Knuble #22 of the Philadelphia Flyers as they chase the loose puck during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Wachovia Center April 21, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (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