VANCOUVER, CANADA - OCTOBER 27: Sergei Shirokov #25 of the Vancouver Canucks battles Brad Stuart #23 of the Detroit Red Wings in front of the net as teammate Jimmy Howard #35 gets into position during their game at General Motors Place on October 27, 2009 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/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