A quarter century after he first took the ice for the franchise, the Dallas Stars honored former superstar and current executive Mike Modano on Saturday by raising his No. 9 to the rafters at American Airlines Center. It was the fourth number retired in franchise history.
With this post, I don't have too much to say. I just wanted to share some of the photos I enjoyed from Modano's big night. And if it involves lots of North Stars jerseys, all the better!
Modano was joined on the center ice stage by fellow members of the Stars' 1999 Stanley Cup championship team. Great to see those jerseys again!
Things kept getting better in the pre-game! It's typical, when a team is honoring a particular player or retiring a number, for all the players to wear that number during warm-ups. But the Stars took it a step further as players wore a variety of jerseys from Modano's career.
As you can see in the slideshow, we got sweaters from four different eras. Be sure to flip to the end to see shots of Modano wearing all of them!
It's only right we take a look back at Modano's history. That's what this slideshow is about.
Speaking of looking back, after watching Derian Hatcher walk up hoisting the Cup, I had to track down the original. All I can say is the jersey still looks great!
Finally, here's a look at the Dallas Stars Alumni logo which is only noteworthy because it's our first time seeing the Stars' new primary mark without black.
By the way, I couldn't help but notice that conspicuously absent from the 1999 Stanley Cup team was Conn Smythe winner Joe Nieuwendyk. But perhaps that was because his jersey number was being honored by the Calgary Flames just a night earlier! Look for that blog post this week.