Mike Modano puts the finishing touches on his speech at home.

Mike Modano puts the finishing touches on his speech at home.

 Mike shows his wife, Allison Modano, a feature story that ran in the Dallas Morning News the day of his number retirement ceremony.

Mike shows his wife, Allison Modano, a feature story that ran in the Dallas Morning News the day of his number retirement ceremony.

 Mike does an interview at home for the NHL Network with producer Steven Hoffner.

Mike does an interview at home for the NHL Network with producer Steven Hoffner.

 Mike Modano and producer Steven Hoffner discuss the voice over Steve wrote for Mike's NHL Network feature.

Mike Modano and producer Steven Hoffner discuss the voice over Steve wrote for Mike's NHL Network feature.

 Mike and Allison Modano enjoyed some time with their parents between media commitments and the ceremony.

Mike and Allison Modano enjoyed some time with their parents between media commitments and the ceremony.

 Mike Modano relaxes in his private suite at the Omni Hotel.

Mike Modano relaxes in his private suite at the Omni Hotel.

 The Modano's family & personal guests where driven to the event in specially marked cars

The Modano's family & personal guests where driven to the event in specially marked cars

 On the way to American Airlines Center, Mike & Allison tear the spiral fringe from Mike's handwritten notes.

On the way to American Airlines Center, Mike & Allison tear the spiral fringe from Mike's handwritten notes.

 The view from the Modano's car as it approaches American Airlines Center.

The view from the Modano's car as it approaches American Airlines Center.

 Mike signs a stack of books created for the evening.

Mike signs a stack of books created for the evening.

 Mike Modano looks over his notes in the green room, as former Dallas Stars owner, Norm Green, looks on.

Mike Modano looks over his notes in the green room, as former Dallas Stars owner, Norm Green, looks on.

 A Modano family portrait prior to the start of the ceremony.

A Modano family portrait prior to the start of the ceremony.

 Derian Hatcher, captain of the '99 Stanley Cup winning Dallas Stars, carries The Cup into the arena to kick off the retirement of Mike Modano's number 9.

Derian Hatcher, captain of the '99 Stanley Cup winning Dallas Stars, carries The Cup into the arena to kick off the retirement of Mike Modano's number 9.

 Mike watches a video tribute prior to being introduced to the capacity crowd.

Mike watches a video tribute prior to being introduced to the capacity crowd.

 " ...he saw the Stars get better, he saw the fans get excited, he saw the city turn into a place where hockey wasn’t so foreign. And then he watched as practice rinks were built, and youth leagues sprung up, and kids started wearing hockey jerseys.   His hockey jersey." — Mike Heika

"...he saw the Stars get better, he saw the fans get excited, he saw the city turn into a place where hockey wasn’t so foreign. And then he watched as practice rinks were built, and youth leagues sprung up, and kids started wearing hockey jerseys.

His hockey jersey." — Mike Heika

 Of the '99 Stanely Cup winning team, only 3 players were unable to attend, which Modano credited to "the depth of friendship" they developed en route to two Stanley Cup Finals appearances.

Of the '99 Stanely Cup winning team, only 3 players were unable to attend, which Modano credited to "the depth of friendship" they developed en route to two Stanley Cup Finals appearances.

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 Karen Modano wipes tears away as her son's heartfelt thanks to his parents sacrifice brings the 19,000 fans to their feet.

Karen Modano wipes tears away as her son's heartfelt thanks to his parents sacrifice brings the 19,000 fans to their feet.

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  “You get asked so many questions about your life and your history and you realize how much this team means to you. It’s like family. It’s a big part of who I am.’’ — Mike Modano

“You get asked so many questions about your life and your history and you realize how much this team means to you. It’s like family. It’s a big part of who I am.’’ — Mike Modano

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  “Guys like me almost never get a guy like that for so long. He was always a regular guy. He’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer and he never big timed me or anyone else. He never gave us a lick of trouble. He was always just ‘Mike.’” — Ralph Strangis

“Guys like me almost never get a guy like that for so long. He was always a regular guy. He’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer and he never big timed me or anyone else. He never gave us a lick of trouble. He was always just ‘Mike.’” — Ralph Strangis

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