SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 25: Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov #20 of the San Jose Sharks eyes a puck on the stick of Bobby Ryan #9 of the Anaheim Ducks during Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at HP Pavilion on April 25, 2009 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/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