Here’s a quote from Mike Modano, whose No. 9 will be retired on March 8, 2014 when the Dallas Stars take on the Minnesota Wild at American Airlines Center. The announcement about Modano’s No. 9 going to the rafters was made Tuesday night during the Stars’ rebranding event.
Here are Modano’s thoughts about the cermony being held with Minnesota in town that night:
“I think it was between Detroit and Minnesota and it just happened to be Minnesota, which I think is just as good as against the Wings. It started there. I have obviously a lot of fond memories of my time there, but it’s something that we talked about toward the end of the season and then in the summer, when we could secure a date, specifically something after the Olympics, when everybody gets back, once things settle down from the Olympic Games and try to pick a date. So, it’s something on the calendar now, looking forward to it.”
Here’s a quote from Stars President and CEO Jim Lites on Modano’s number being retired:
“He’s a Dallas Star. He’s the first guy whose jersey is being retired because of what he did as a Dallas Star. People have asked me if there are others that might come from that team that won the Stanley Cup and I think the answer to that question is maybe. Mike Modano has never been a maybe. It’s just been a question of when.”
Here’s the press release from the Stars:
The Dallas Stars announced today that the organization will retire the number 9 in honor of former Stars icon Mike Modano on Saturday, March 8, 2014 against the Minnesota Wild. The announcement was made at a special event at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.
“Mike Modano is a once-in-a-generation player and an American hockey icon,” said Dallas Stars President and CEO Jim Lites. “His contributions to our team, including winning the Stanley Cup and helping build hockey in Texas are immeasurable. We’re proud of everything Mike accomplished in a Stars uniform and are honored that his number 9 will hang in our rafters.”
Modano’s No. 9 will be the fourth sweater to be retired by the franchise and the second since the team moved to Texas. Modano joins Neal Broten (No. 7), Bill Goldsworthy (No. 8), and Bill Masterton (No. 19) as the only players in team history to have their number retired.
Modano played 21 seasons in the NHL and is the all-time franchise leader in nearly every category, including games played (1,459), goals (557), assists (802), points (1,359), short-handed goals (29), game-winning goals (92) and power play tallies (156). An eight-time NHL All-Star and United States Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, Modano is also the American record holder in goals (561) and points (1,374). He was also instrumental in helping the Stars capture the 1999 Stanley Cup championship.
The Livonia, Michigan, native skated for Team USA at the Olympic Games on three separate occasions, winning the silver medal at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City. He also captured the gold medal at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey; and was captain of the United States squad at the 2005 World Cup.
Modano was drafted first overall in 1988 by the Minnesota North Stars.