The Dallas Stars made some key additions to the organization Thursday, bringing Mike Modano on as an executive advisor and alternate governor, adding Mark Recchi as an advisor to hockey operations and hiring Marty Turco as an analyst to the team’s television broadcasts.
Thursday’s hiring announcements at American Airlines Center came as the team launched its 20th anniversary celebration.
The addition of Modano was Thursday’s big attraction. He’s the greatest player in franchise history, holds most of the franchise’s offensive records, and now he is back with the organization.
“We had to get Mike Modano to the Dallas Stars,” said Stars owner Tom Gaglardi. “He’s the Wayne Gretzky of Dallas. He’s the Wayne Gretzky of U.S. hockey. I’m so elated that Mike is coming on board. I don’t think we can be successful in this market without Mike being a part of it.”
Modano, who will work with Gaglardi and Stars president Jim Lites, said his role will be a broad one, but that a focus will be reaching out to the local business community.
“I think it will be to reintroduce the business community of Dallas to this team,” Modano said. “We’ve kind of lost touch with a lot of the businesses we’ve had relationships with in the past. We’re trying to reconnect with those businesses, and get them involved with the Dallas Stars again.”
Modano, who retired from the NHL in September 2011, has been involved in the business side of hockey, joining the ownership group of the Central Hockey League’s Allen Americans last May.
“That duty won’t change. I’ll still be involved with them as much as I can and try to juggle both things. So far, it’s gone real well,” Modano said. “It gives you a different perspective, just the economics of sports. It opens your eyes to a lot of things that have to take place to operate and run a game. Day-to-day operations are hectic.”
Recchi, a three-time Stanley Cup winner, has already been helping out the team. Jaromir Jagr said earlier this week in a radio interview that Recchi played a role in his decision to come to Dallas. Recchi factored in Ray Whitney coming to Dallas as well.
“If you ask Ray Whitney, Mark Recchi was a big part of Ray believing in what we are doing here,” Gaglardi said. “It was telling Ray Whitney about what I want, and what it’s going to be like here. I think those things made Ray Whitney want to be a Dallas Star.”
Recchi and Gaglardi know each other well. They are both involved in the ownership of the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League. Besides talking with Jagr and Whitney about coming to Dallas, Recchi has been working in other areas already, including checking out Dallas’ prospects in the AHL.
“I’m basically going to do whatever he [Joe] wants me to do,” Recchi said. “Whatever he needs, if he needs me to watch some younger players, talk to some younger players, wants me to talk to somebody on the team here, I’ll talk to them.”
Turco, who holds most of the regular season goaltending records in franchise history, will be joining the team as a broadcast analyst.
“The opportunity to bring the family back to Dallas certainly was an easy one from a family perspective,” said Turco. “But being a part of the Dallas Stars family, being a part of the Dallas Stars community is what really tickles me inside the most. With what is happening here with Tom Gaglardi… and to be a part of it, and all I have to do is talk about it on TV, it’s going to be fun.”