VANCOUVER, CANADA - APRIL 30: A Vancouver Canucks fan is surrounded by towels as is sits in his seat prior to the start of Game One of the Western Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Vancouver Canucks and the Chicago Blackhawks at General Motors Place on April 30, 2009 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.(Photo by Jeff Vinnick/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