Jamie Langenbrunner was the latest member of the Dallas Stars 20th Anniversary Team to be honored to be honored at American Airlines Center. Langenbrunner, who is currently on injured reserve for the St. Louis Blues, was recognized during Sunday afternoon’s game.
“It was a neat honor for me,” said Langenbrunner who, along with other members of the anniversary team, was voted in by fans. “I played with pretty much everybody on that team. Those are some pretty special guys and to be in that group is definitely an honor for me. I always love coming back to this city, I enjoy the people here and it was a great honor for me.”
Langenbrunner received a nice round of applause from the American Airlines Center crowd when he was shown on the scoreboard video screen sitting in a suite at the game.
“It was nice,” he said. “You never know what to expect sometimes, but the fans here are fantastic. I loved my time playing here.”
Langenbrunner played 471 games in two stints with the Stars. He was a member of the team’s 1999 Stanley Cup championship club, and scored 10 goals in 23 games that playoff year.
“That’s a team you look back at, with the depth we had and the closeness of the group. We had a lot of fun both on and off the ice,” Langenbrunner said. “Those are friends you keep for life.”
Langenbrunner is out for the rest of this season due to hips surgery. Although there has been some speculation that his career may be over, Langenbrunner said he hopes to play next season.
“It’s coming along well. I hope to be off the crutches soon and begin the rehab, which will probably take four to six months. Hopefully, a little quicker,” said Langenbrunner, who will turn 38 in July. “It’s not perfect timing for me, but I’ll try to get through this, feel good, get back to training and be ready to go and hopefully be able to go again.”