The next face of the franchise will always skate in the shadow of the guy who made hockey cool in Dallas.
Modano's number will be lifted to the rafters before the Stars' game Saturday night against Minnesota, where he started his career as the No. 1 pick in 1988 before the franchise moved south five years later.
There are 53 names on the list for the pre-game festivities, many of them former teammates who beat Buffalo for the franchise's only Stanley Cup in 1999 and lost in the finals a year later to New Jersey.
Modano is the highest-scoring American-born player in NHL history, a U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer and two-time Olympian. He was born in Livonia, Mich.
It's cool when you think about how many great American players have played the game and the two players that were at that 18-game point streak and what they've done in their careers. It's pretty cool right now, but it was kind of overshadowed by the loss.
— Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane after breaking the record for longest point streak by an American-born player with a goal and an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss against the Kings