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'Heck yes!': Hockey world, fans react to Stars retiring Zubov's number

The legendary defenseman will have his No. 56 retired to the rafters during the 2020-21 season

by Jeff Odom @jeffodom /

No Dallas Stars player will ever wear No. 56 again.

The team announced Monday that it will retire legendary defenseman Sergei Zubov's famed No. 56 to the rafters of American Airlines Center during the 2020-21 season.

Zubov, who will be formally inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Nov. 18 along with former Stars teammate Guy Carbonneau, becomes the sixth player in Stars/North Stars history to have their jersey retired, joining Neal Broten (No. 7), Bill Goldsworthy (No. 8), Mike Modano (No. 9), Bill Masterton (No. 19) and Jere Lehtinen (No. 26).

Here's how Stars fans and the hockey world reacted to the news:

Tweet from @DallasStars: Forever 5������6������#GoStars

Tweet from @MDeFranks: No Dallas Star will ever wear No. 56 again. The team will retire Sergei Zubov���s number.

Tweet from @MikeHeika: Here's the story we ran when Sergei Zubov and Guy Carbonneau were named to the Hockey Hall of Fame. It gives you a glimpse into what he brought to the Stars

Tweet from @BruceLeVinePuck: YES !!!! Greatest defenseman in team history deserves his spot in the rafters

Tweet from @OwenNewkirk: ���You became the greatest defenseman in this franchise���s history.���The #GoStars will retire Sergei Zubov���s No. 56 during the 2020-21 season. Zubov will enter the Hockey Hall of Fame in a week.

Tweet from @JoshSours: Heck yes! Their will never be another Zubov.

Tweet from @AGallanzo: At one point I wore 56 in high school hockey because of Zubov

Tweet from @Cudagras: What a stud! Still just as relaxed, humble, and chill as he has always been. Man of few words. I need to find my signed Zuby jersey and get that sucker framed and up on my wall!

Tweet from @Hockeyfan51: #56 One if the great blue liners, ever! HOF Induction coming this year & retire his sweater next season #GoStars #Zubov

Tweet from @sizzlepuck:

Tweet from @starsfanamy: Best news!! He will always be my favorite Stars player!

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club.

Jeff Odom is the manager of and covers the Stars/NHL. Follow him on Twitter @jeffodom.

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