ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 12: Niklas Kronwall #55 of the Detroit Red Wings moves the puck against Rob Niedermayer #44 of the Anaheim Ducks during the first period of Game Six of the Western Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Honda Center on May 12, 2009 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Grosl/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