Valtteri Filppula, Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Nicklas Lidstrom, and Darren Helm of the Detroit Red Wings warm up before taking on the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Six of the NHL Stanley Cup Final. (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