LAS VEGAS - JUNE 18: Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals accepts the Hart Trophy during the 2009 NHL Awards at The Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort June 18, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images for NHL)
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