Stanley Cup Finals - Pittsburgh Penguins v Detroit Red Wings - Game One
DETROIT - MAY 30: A member of the Pittsburgh Penguins practices prior to Game 1 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on May 30, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Harry How/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