New Jersey Devils v Carolina Hurricanes - Game Six
RALEIGH, NC - APRIL 26: Goalie Cam Ward # 30 of the Carolina Hurricanes deflects a shot from the New Jersey Devils during the firrst period of Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 26, 2009 at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Steve Dykes/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