LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: (L-R) Chad Kolarik #52, Kevin Porter #23, Ryan Hollweg #32 and Sami Lepisto #18 of the Phoenix Coyotes celebrate a goal by Keith Yandle in the second period against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on September 15, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The Kings defeated the Coyotes 4-3. (Photo by Jeff Gross/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