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Stars announce Modano, Recchi to join front office, Turco to do broadcasts

Mike Modano, Joe Nieuwendyk

Dallas Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk, left, and Mike Modano pose with a Stars jersey during a news conference announcing Modano’s retirement from professional hockey in Dallas, Friday, Sept. 23, 2011. Modano signed a one-day contract with the team in order to be able to retire as a Stars player.(AP Photo/LM Otero)


The Stars are dipping into their past.

That was the word out of Dallas on Thursday, as the club announced a series of new front office and broadcast gigs -- Mike Modano was named Executive Advisor/Alternate Governor, Mark Recchi was added to the hockey operations department and Marty Turco was hired as a broadcast analyst.

Bringing Modano back into the fold is the biggest news.

Stars President Jim Lites hinted last December the club was working on finding Modano the right position within the organization, and now the most recognizable face in franchise history will “work on all initiatives relating to the Dallas Stars Ownership Advisory group, club broadcasts, and corporate partnership endeavors.”

The 42-year-old is Dallas’ franchise leader in almost every statistical category and was elected to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in October.

Like Modano, Turco also holds a number of Stars records -- wins, saves, shutouts -- and will rejoin the organization after some time away. The 37-year-old will transition to the broadcast booth after stints in Chicago, Boston and with Red Bull Salzburg of the Austrian league.

Recchi, 44, never played in Dallas but has numerous ties to the organization.

He and GM Joe Nieuwendyk were Team Canada teammates at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano; he’s also played with current Stars like Ray Whitney, Michael Ryder and Jaromir Jagr.