DENVER - OCTOBER 1: A view of the Colorado Avalanche locker room set up with Joe Sakic game Jerseys prior to the game against the San Jose Sharks at the Pepsi Center on October 1, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Jerseys will be auctioned off after being signed by each player and Joe Sakic. (Photo by Michael Martin/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