CALGARY, CANADA - APRIL 22: Fans walk through the snow towards the Pengrowth Saddledome for Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Calgary Flames and the Chicago Blackhawks on April 22, 2009 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Mike Ridewood/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