VANCOUVER, CANADA - OCTOBER 17: The puck trickles past Goalie Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks after failling to stop a shot by Mikko Koivu #9 of the Minnesota Wild (not pictured) during the first period of NHL action on October 17, 2009 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/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