NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 12: Marcel Goc #9, left, Ryan Jones #28, Kevin Klein #8, center, of the Nashville Predators kicks a soccer ball as the players enjoy a game of football (Soccer) prior to a game against the Edmonton Oilers on October 12, 2009 at the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/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