QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC - SEPTEMBER 20: Tomas Plekanec #14 of the Montreal Canadiens is chsed by Chuck Kobasew #12 of the Boston Bruins during their NHL Preseason game on September 20, 2009 at the Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/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