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Modano joined by biggest names in Dallas-area pro sports as Stars put his No. 9 in rafters

Saturday, 03.08.2014 / 9:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Modano joined by biggest names in Dallas-area pro sports as Stars put his No. 9 in rafters

DALLAS - Mike Modano's No. 9 has been retired by the Dallas Stars.

The guy who made hockey cool in Dallas was joined on the ice at the end of a 50-minute ceremony by five of the biggest names in pro sports in the area, including former Dallas Cowboys and Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman, and Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki.

The 43-year-old Modano played his first 20 seasons with the Stars franchise in Minnesota and Dallas. The team moved south in 1993.

Modano ran the gamut of thanks in a 20-minute speech before the Stars played the Minnesota Wild, the franchise that replaced the North Stars seven years after they left.

He was joined on stage by most members of the franchise's only Stanley Cup-winning team in 1999.

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