SAN JOSE, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Goalie Thomas Greiss #1 of the San Jose Sharks makes a save on a shot taken by Daniel Sedin #22 of the Vancouver Canucks as Joe Loprieno #42 plays defense for the Sharks during their preseason game at HP Pavilion on September 18, 2009 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/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