BOSTON - OCTOBER 29: Blades, mascot of the Boston Bruins, poses at the Samuel Adams Bru Fest before the game against the New Jersey Devils at the TD Garden on October 29, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/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