Now that I’ve spent the last few weeks bringing everyone down while discussing the most disappointing things that have happened in Dallas Stars history, I’m going to attempt to cheer you all up. We have already discussed the best transaction in Stars’ history and the best fashion choice, today we move onto the best Dallas Stars player.
This should really come as a surprise to no one, as Mike Modano was almost single handedly responsible for putting hockey on the map in Dallas, and in large part, the South. In a city full of high profile athletes, celebrities and executives, Modano fit in perfectly as the face of the franchise. He had the right mix of talent, looks and charisma to market an unknown product to a city that many think would never support a hockey team.
On the ice, he was the core player the Stars built their franchise around for the last 20 years. The Dallas crowd never seemed to buzz for anyone else the way they did for Modano. He was one of the game’s great skaters and longtime fans will never forget seeing Modano’s jersey flapping in the wind as he flew down the ice at Reunion Arena or the AAC. He had amazing hands and an incredible shot to go along with that speed. Early in his career Modano was known solely for his offense, but he emerged into a complete, two way player who could and would play in all situations. While he was never known for his toughness, the 1999 and 2000 playoff runs showcased Modano’s true grit, as he played through several injuries that would have kept lesser players out of the lineup.
Of course there’s also the stats and their ranks to back it up. Modano leads the Stars in games played (1459), goals (557), assists (802), points (1359), power play goals (156), short handed goals (29), hat tricks (7) and is second in plus/minus (118). He also ranks at the top of the franchise records for playoff games (135), goals (46), assists (72), points (118), power play goals (20), short handed goals (2) and game winning goals (14). He is also the all time NHL points leader for American born skaters.
Really there’s not too much to say about Mo that hasn’t already been written. For all intensive purposes, he was the Dallas Stars. He put hockey on the map in the Southern states, and is an easy choice for the greatest Dallas Stars player in franchise history.
As always I welcome your comments. Thanks for reading and go Stars!
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