TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 22: Fans joust outside of the St. Pete Times Forum before the Tampa Bay Lightning as they host the San Jose Sharks on October 22, 2009 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/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