NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 03: Goaltender Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils makes a save during warmups prior to playing in his 1000th NHL regular season game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Prudential Center on October 3, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Marlin/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