The Dallas Stars have announced that they will be retiring Mike Modano’s No. 9 sweater at a ceremony next season. He will be honored before a game on March 8th, 2014 against, perhaps appropriately, the Minnesota Wild.
Modano leads all American-born NHLers in career scoring. He played 21 seasons in the league, 20 with the Stars organization, potting 561 goals and 1,374 points before retiring after playing the 2010-11 season with his hometown Detroit Red Wings.
“Mike Modano is a once-in-a-generation player and an American hockey icon,” said Stars President/CEO Jim Lites in a statement. “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 retired in 23rd place on the all-time goal scoring list and 22nd in points. A seven-time NHL All-Star, Modano was drafted first overall by Minnesota in 1988 and won the Stanley Cup with Dallas in 1999.