DETROIT - SEPTEMBER 18: Ryan Callahan #24 of the New York Rangers tries to protect the puck from Dan Cleary #11 of the Detroit Red Wings during the NHL pre-season game at Joe Louis Arena on September 18, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/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