The Dallas Stars announced today details for the Mike Modano Retirement Ceremony Presented by Albertsons. On Saturday, March 8, prior to the Stars game against the Minnesota Wild at American Airlines Center, Modano's No. 9 is set to be retired by the franchise, joining Neal Broten (No. 7), Bill Goldsworthy (No. 8), and Bill Masterton (No. 19) as the only players in team history to have their number retired. The Mike Modano Retirement Ceremony Presented by Albertsons will air live on Fox Sports Southwest and nationally on the NHL Network beginning at 6:00 p.m. CT.
The festivities will begin at 4:30 p.m. CT at AT&T Plaza, with doors to the building opening at that time. Fans will be able to line the Victory Green Carpet as Stars national anthem singer Celena Rae introduces the arrival of several special guests including Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi, a number of former Stars legends including Brett Hull, Ed Belfour and Jere Lehtinen, and current General Manager of the Stars Jim Nill. Fox Sports Southwest will air their pre-game show from AT&T Plaza that will feature interviews with several of the special guests attending the ceremony.
The Victory Green Carpet Show will feature Mike Modano-themed merchandise, a DJ and concessions. Extending from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. CT, AT&T Plaza will be open to the public for the Victory Green Carpet Show and fans that do not have a ticket for the game can watch the Mike Modano Retirement Ceremony Presented by Albertsons live from the Plaza.
All fans attending the game will receive a Bud Light Mike Modano-themed Koozie, a Panini Nine-Card Commemorative Mike Modano Card Set and a Dr Pepper Replica Banner.
Following the game, Dallas Stars full season ticket holders can attend an exclusive post-game party at the Omni Dallas Hotel. Modano, several Stars alumni as well as members of the current team will be in attendance at the event. Le Freak will be performing throughout the party and fans can take pictures with the Stanley Cup, which will be on display.
Fans wishing to attend the event who are not currently full season ticket holders have the opportunity to purchase a pro-rated full season ticket package before Jan. 31.
Modano played 21 seasons in the NHL and is the all-time franchise leader in nearly every category, including games played (1,459), goals (557), assists (802), points (1,359), short-handed goals (29), game-winning goals (92) and power play tallies (156). An eight-time NHL All-Star and United States Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, Modano is also the American-born record holder in goals (561) and points (1,374). He was also instrumental in helping the Stars capture the 1999 Stanley Cup championship.
The Livonia, Michigan, native skated for Team USA at the Olympic Games on three separate occasions, winning the silver medal at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City. He also captured the gold medal at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey; and was captain of the United States squad at the 2005 World Cup.
Modano was drafted first overall in 1988 by the Minnesota North Stars.
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