Detroit Red Wings v Chicago Blackhawks - Game Three
CHICAGO - MAY 22: Fans make their way into the UNited Center for Game Three of the Western Conference Championship Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings on May 22, 2009 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/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