Stanley Cup Finals - Pittsburgh Penguins v Detroit Red Wings - Game 2
DETROIT - MAY 31: Fans wait to enter Joe Louis Arena before Game Two of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Finals between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Detroit Red Wings on May 31, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/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