VANCOUVER, CANADA - MAY 2: A buildng employee puts air into the inflatable whale used during the games at General Motors Place before the game between the Vancouver Canucks and the Chicago Blackhawks during Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 2, 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