June 4 didn’t only mark the Dallas Stars announcement of the organization’s new logo and brand, it also marked the announcement of the retirement of the most legendary number to take to Dallas Stars ice.
The number nine will be the fourth retired number to hang from the rafters at American Airlines Center since the team moved from Minnesota in 1993. The name Modano will watch down on future generations of Stars alongside Neal Broten, Bill Goldsworthy and Bill Masterton.
In recognition of Modano’s time with Minnesota, and his being the last active player to have been a member of the North Stars, the sweater will be retired during a special ceremony on March 8, 2014 as the Stars prepare to take on the Wild.
In 21 years in the NHL, Modano played in almost 1,500 games, scored 557 goals, including 29 short-handed goals and 92 game-winning goals, and was a member of the NHL All-Star team eight times. He also holds the records for most goals, 561, and points, 1,374, for an American-born player in the NHL.
Fans were calling for the retirement of the beloved number nine as soon as Mo announced his retirement from hockey in September 2011. And here we’ll be two and a half years later, and the question comes up. Is it about time or is it still too soon?
You tell us.