Matusmoto, 26, has played in 14 NHL games with the Carolina Hurricanes (2011-12) and the Panthers (2012), recording two assists. He played in 60 games with the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League last season, recording 14 goals and 32 points as well as recording a goal in five games with the AHL Chicago Wolves.
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