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Video: Stars retire Mike Modano’s jersey

Mike Modano

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2011, file photo, NHL hockey player Mike Modano wears a Dallas Stars jersey during a news conference announcing his retirement in Dallas. Modano had several tearful farewells as his playing days wound down. The guy who made hockey cool in Dallas figures he’ll get emotional again for the final ceremony: retiring his iconic No. 9 during the Stars’ game against Minnesota on Saturday, March 8. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)


The Dallas Stars retired Mike Modano’s No. 9 on Saturday, continuing a nostalgia-tinged few days that also included ceremonies for Nicklas Lidstrom in Detroit and Modano’s former teammate Joe Nieuwendyk in Calgary. Fittingly, Modano’s Stars played against the team located in the city that drafted him, as they faced the Minnesota Wild.*

Here’s video of a ceremony that celebrated one of the greatest U.S.-born players in hockey history:

* - You can’t say these were the only cities where Modano played, however, as his career ended with the Detroit Red Wings. The less said about that, the better.

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