HELSINKI, FINLAND - OCTOBER 03: Fans watch the players warm up during The Compuware/NHL Premiere Helsinki series match between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Florida Panthers at the Hartwall Areena on October 3, 2009 in Helsinki, Finland. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/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