Stars to retire Mike Modano’s No. 9 jersey Saturday

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Dallas, TX, United States (4E Sports) – The Dallas Stars will retire veteran Mike Modano’s No. 9 jersey in Saturday’s pre-game ceremony before they take on Minnesota Wild at AT&T Plaza.

Modano, who was instrumental in helping the Stars capture the 1999 Stanley Cup championship, will join 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, 17 with the Stars. He 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).

A seven-time NHL All-Star and United States Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, Modano is also the American-born record holder in goals (561) and points (1,374).

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 and joined the Stars in 1993.

“I never thought that would happen,” Modano said. “Never. I didn’t know anything about Dallas except that the Cowboys played here. I watched them on TV. I never even thought of visiting Texas or vacationing here. And all of a sudden, I’m playing here.”

“He became a salesman,” said Stars president Jim Lites, who helped the organization make the transition to Dallas. “He was young, good-looking and we knew he’d be with the franchise for a long time. We sold Mike Modano and Mike Modano sold hockey.”

The Stars’ then rose to fame in 1999 when Brett Hull scored the memorable winning goal in the third overtime of Game 6 in Buffalo.

The next season, the Stars returned to the Stanley Cup finals but lost to the New Jersey Devils.

In the 2010-11 season, Modano joined the Detroit Red Wings. He played in 40 games, scoring four goals and recording 11 assists.

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