Mike Modano admitted that Thursday morning’s experience could likely be the first of many awkward moments for the veteran center.
"There probably will be a handful of those that will happen throughout the whole season," said Modano, who staked with his new Red Wings’ teammates for the first time since signing a one-year contract with the club last month.
"Maybe this came at a good time in my career, where I needed something to rejuvenate me and ignite my career a little bit. Maybe this is it," Modano said.
I first met him when I was 19 years old and he coached me for 13 consecutive years. I don't know how many athletes who have had that pleasure. Al Arbour was a man that left us not only feeling like champions, but left us with a lot of great memories that we can carry on through life.
— Islanders Hall of Fame defenseman Denis Potvin on former coach Al Arbour, who passed away Friday at the age of 82