TERRACE, BC - SEPTEMBER 14: Jeff Tambellini of the New York Islanders and Willie Mitchell of the Vancouver Canucks speaks to the students while visiting Thornhill Elementary School September 14, 2009 in Terrace, British Columbia, Canada. The Canucks and the Islanders will be playing a pre season game in celebration of Kraft Hockville 2009. (Photo by Rich Lam/NHLI via 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