"Over the years I've collected a lot of guys' sticks and I keep them at my summer place," Heatley told the San Jose Mercury News. "I don't know how many I have. Probably a couple hundred. Now, you might ask why I would want his stick. I find his tweeting pretty funny and the way he makes fun of his fourth-line role. He's pretty entertaining. I was on 'NHL Live!' a couple of weeks ago and he tweeted in a question. Obviously he's a character."
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