DALLAS -- One day after Kobe Bryant's death stunned the sports world, the Dallas Stars paid tribute to the basketball legend before Monday's 3-2 overtime win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The team played a pregame photo montage on the American Airlines Center video board and held a moment of silence for Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, who were both killed Sunday along with seven others in a helicopter crash outside Los Angeles.
Bryant, a five-time NBA champion and 18-time All-Star in 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, was 41.
The NHL released a statement in response to Bryant's death Sunday:
"The National Hockey League offers its condolences to the family of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, and to the families and friends of all those who tragically perished today."
In addition to the Stars organization, which donated proceeds from the night's 50/50 Raffle to the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation, several other hockey greats mourned the loss of the sports icon, including Wayne Gretzky and Los Angeles Kings captain Anze Kopitar.
The Dallas Mavericks also saluted Bryant, who ranks fourth on the NBA's all-time scoring list and will be posthumously inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame later this year, during their game Monday at Oklahoma City.
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Jeff Odom is the manager of DallasStars.com and writes about the Stars/NHL. Follow him on Twitter @jeffodom.