TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 12: Ryan Malone #12 of the Tampa Bay Lightning gives a young fan a puck during pre-game warm-ups before the start of a game gainst the Florida Panthers at the St. Pete Times Forum on October 12, 2009 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/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