Youngest player (16 years, 11 months) to play in a NHL game, November 12, 1942. (Toronto 3, Boston 1). Traded to Detroit by Boston for Billy Taylor, October 15, 1947. Traded to Chicago by Detroit with Jim Conacher and Doug McCaig for George Gee and Bud Poile, October 25, 1948. Traded to North Bay (NOHA) by Ottawa (QHL) for cash, December 17, 1954.
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