Modano Back in Dallas

Understandably Mike Modano described the situation of coming back to the American Airlines Center in Dallas as a visitor an awkward experience. For almost two decades Modano has played and stared for Dallas until last summer when after being cast aside by the franchise decided to sign with the Detroit Red Wings. Entering the season Modano who was drafted by the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars franchise first overall in 1988 was the franchise all time leading scorer with 557 goals, 1,359 points and games played at 1,459. His greatest moment in Dallas came during the spring of 1999 when he scored 23 points in as many games to help Dallas capture their very first Stanley Cup. Amazingly enough until Thursday morning Modano had never set foot into American Airlines Center visiting dressing room. “It was a little bit strange,” Modano who is on a one year contract worth 1.25 million said. “I’ve never been in there, so I was a little lost at times finding where to go.” Modano who was an eight time all-star with the Stars helped turn die hard Dallas Cowboys fans into Dallas Stars fans when the franchise moved from Minnesota to Dallas 17 years ago. “When we got to Dallas, I was trying to market the game to people who weren’t as knowledgeable,” Modano who played four years in Minnesota and 16 in Dallas said. “I think that was the challenging part coming from Minnesota, one of the hottest hotbeds for hockey in the nation. But people were turned on to it. It was a spectator sport at the start and we just tried to get people into the building. We felt they enjoyed all the excitement, the speed and aggressiveness, but over time, I think they began to appreciate the skill and talent as well.” Red Wings Coach Mike Babcock will be demonstrating a classy move by having Modano out for the opening face-off with his line containing of Dan Cleary and Jiri Hudler. This of course will give Dallas fans a chance to once again show their appreciation by cheering Modano who will be on the ice front and center during the national anthem. “I’m a little bit anxious over what type of reception I’ll get,” Modano who has one goal so far said. “Obviously, I’ve had a lot of great moments here and spent a big chunk of my life here… almost half of it.


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