RALEIGH, NC - MAY 6: A Hurricanes fan cheers on the team during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Boston Bruins at RBC Center May 6, 2009 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/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