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Sunday Long Read: Modano remains face of Stars

Sunday, 03.09.2014 / 3:00 AM / Sunday Long Read

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Dallas Stars president Jim Lites tells the story as if it happened yesterday. That's how well he remembers it. That's how much the conversation Lites had with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones nearly 20 years ago resonates with him.

"I remember Jerry Jones saying to me about two years into our stay here, 'Jim, I can't believe how much success you guys have had, I never would have thought hockey would be successful in Dallas,'" Lites told NHL.com. "And then he said, 'That Mike Modano is as important to this community as Troy Aikman. I can't believe how dynamic he is.'

"I mean, the Cowboys are the Cowboys and Troy Aikman is Troy Aikman, but Mo was that good, that big," Lites continued. "He's the guy every man wants to be and every woman wants to be with."

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Stars retire Mike Modano's No. 9

Saturday, 03.08.2014 / 10:05 PM / NHL Insider

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- Dallas Stars franchise icon Mike Modano saw his No. 9 raised to the rafters in an emotional ceremony at American Airlines Center prior to the game Saturday against the Minnesota Wild.

Modano, the No. 1 pick of the Minnesota North Stars at the 1988 NHL Draft, finished his NHL career as the all-time leader in goals and points among American-born players. He played his final season in 2010-11 with the Detroit Red Wings after playing his first 20 seasons in the Stars organization, the first four in Minnesota and the final 16 in Dallas.

Modano was a key member of the Stars' 1999 NHL Stanley Cup championship team and was instrumental in helping to grow hockey in the Dallas area. He was flanked onstage Saturday night by members of the '99 Cup team, a group that included Hall of Fame goaltender Eddie Belfour.

"I can't tell you what a big honor it is to be here tonight," said Modano, who now serves as the Stars' executive advisor and alternate governor.

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2010 Wisconsin defensemen making impact in NHL

Saturday, 03.08.2014 / 8:48 PM / NHL on NBC Spotlight

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

The University of Wisconsin Badgers came up short of their ultimate goal when they lost 5-0 to Boston College in the NCAA championship game at the 2010 Frozen Four, but they were a strong team featuring an enviable collection of talent.

That team's impact is now being felt across the NHL.

Brendan Smith of the Detroit Red Wings and Ryan McDonagh of the New York Rangers, who will meet Sunday at Madison Square Garden (12:30 ET; NBC, TSN2, RDS2) were a major part of that Wisconsin team's blue line. All six regulars on that defensive corps now play in the NHL or are on their way there.

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Tapped In: Modano looks back at legacy

Saturday, 03.08.2014 / 3:00 AM / Tapped In

Kathryn Tappen - NHL.com Contributor

Mike Modano needs no introduction in the hockey world. He is the all-time goal-scoring and points leader among American-born players in the NHL. Modano, the third child and only son of Michael Sr. and Karen Modano, was born and raised in Michigan. His records speak for themselves, most notably his 1999 Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars, and his silver in the 2002 Winter Olympics and championship at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey. Off the ice and away from hockey, Modano is an ambassador in the community and is about to take on the biggest role of his life.

Kathryn Tappen: Congratulations! You and your wife Allison (professional golfer Allison Micheletti, daughter of former NHL player and MSG TV analyst Joe Micheletti) are expecting twins in July! How are preparations going?

Mike Modano: It's a work in progress. Trying to get prepared, get the rooms ready. We still have some time before the end of July to get everything ready. We will be real fine-tuned by then. It's exciting. It's another chapter to look forward to for myself and us. We can't wait to meet them.

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USA Hockey encouraging cross-ice youth games

Saturday, 03.08.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

"From the eyes of an 8-year-old, a full-sized hockey rink looks a lot bigger."

Those words opened a USA Hockey video designed to educate and deliver a reality check. The game is hard enough for grown men and women on an NHL-size 200-by-85 foot rink. For children 8 years old and under, it's akin to skating from New York to Los Angeles and guarding a net the size of One World Trade Center.

The goal of USA Hockey's American Development Model is to encourage cross-ice games at the 8-and-under level nationwide in lieu of competing on full-size rinks. Those who played a pick-up game recently on Dollar Lake in Eagle River, Wis., were provided a harsh perspective as to why.

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Daily Primer March 8: Central Division showdown

Saturday, 03.08.2014 / 12:52 AM / Features

NHL.com

The Colorado Avalanche have quietly moved into the race for the Central Division title. They can make a loud statement with a win on Saturday.

The Avalanche have the fifth-best record in the NHL, but they're only third in their division. A big reason is that they've lost both of their games against the first-place St. Louis Blues. Colorado has a chance to get some revenge and move within a point of the first-place Blues when St. Louis comes to Pepsi Center on Saturday.

Here's a look at all of the action on Saturday:

Ottawa Senators at Winnipeg Jets -- The Senators flew to Winnipeg on Friday after an intense 81-minute practice in Calgary that included a fight between teammates Chris Neil and Jared Cowen. Coach Paul MacLean worked his team hard because he said he wasn't pleased by the effort he saw in a 4-1 loss to the Calgary Flames on Wednesday. The Jets are trying to avoid being swept on a three-game homestand that has seen them lose to the New York Islanders in overtime and the Los Angeles Kings in regulation.

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Fans help Del Zotto reunite with young friend

Friday, 03.07.2014 / 8:22 PM / NHL Insider

James Murphy - NHL.com Correspondent

Sometimes it's easy to forget how a trade often uproots a player from his family and the friends he has made in the city he has called home for an extended period of time.

That was the case Jan. 22 when the New York Rangers traded 23-year old defenseman Michael Del Zotto to the Nashville Predators for defenseman Kevin Klein. Single, Del Zotto didn't have to move his family, but he was going to have to leave behind someone who in his four years in New York had become not only his biggest fan but one of his best friends.

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Canucks' Kassian suspended three games for boarding

Friday, 03.07.2014 / 4:31 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL.com

NEW YORK - Vancouver Canucks forward Zack Kassian has been suspended for three games, without pay, for boarding Dallas Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon during NHL Game No. 944 in Dallas on Thursday, March 6, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

Kassian is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $32,103.66. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at 18:30 of the first period. Kassian was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct.

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'Forever a Flame,' Nieuwendyk to receive honor

Friday, 03.07.2014 / 4:24 PM / NHL Insider

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- Twenty-five years after No. 25 helped bring the franchise its only Stanley Cup, the Calgary Flames on Friday will honor Joe Nieuwendyk.

Nieuwendyk, who starred for the Flames for eight seasons and was an integral piece of Calgary's Cup run in 1989, will receive the "Forever a Flame" celebration for his contributions to the organization.

"It feels great," said Nieuwendyk, who played the first 577 games of his career with Calgary, totaling 314 goals, 302 assists and 616 points. "I have so much of the early part of my history, my start here with this organization. I'm very grateful. A lot of memories; a lot of former teammates that live in this area still obviously. It's just a classy organization that's rolling out the red carpet and it's a little overwhelming."

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Panthers' Trocheck ready for next level

Friday, 03.07.2014 / 12:20 PM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to NHL.com

It's been a whirlwind week for 20-year-old Vincent Trocheck. The rookie forward with the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League received his first call-up to the Florida Panthers on Wednesday, just after the NHL Trade Deadline passed. He's expected to make his NHL debut for the Panthers on Friday against the visiting Buffalo Sabres.

"It's been crazy," Trocheck said. "It's obviously what I've been working for my whole life. Getting the call was surreal and I couldn't be more excited to be here."

Trocheck began his path to professional hockey long before arriving in the Sunshine State. A Pittsburgh native, he was born in 1993, right after the Pittsburgh Penguins won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992.

"Growing up in Pittsburgh was a great influence," Trocheck said. "The Penguins were doing really well whenever I was young so that kind of got me into hockey and it all started there."

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