CALGARY, CANADA - OCTOBER 31: Captain Niklas Lidstrom #5 of the Detroit Red Wings fights off Jarome Iginla #12 in front of Detroit Goalie Chris Osgood as Cory Sarich #6 takes a shot from the point against the Calgary Flames on October 31, 2009 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/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