Reaction to Mike Modano's retirement
September, 21, 2011
By Mark Stepneski | ESPNDallas.com
Here's some more on Mike Modano's announcement today that he has decided to retire.
ESPNDallas.com's Richard Durrett talked to Modano today about his decision. You can read Richard's story here.
Richard also a look at Modano's impact on hockey in Dallas.
Here are a few quotes from his former teammates with the Dallas Stars.
Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk
“So many good memories. I loved playing with him the six-and-a-half years I played with him here in Dallas. He made me a better player because I wanted to push myself to be a good No. 2 center playing behind him. What he’s meant for the city and for USA Hockey speaks for itself. In his prime, he was the best player I’ve played with. He had a wonderful career.”
Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas
“Greatest American player ever probably. Future Hall of Famer. Won a Stanley Cup. You name it. He had a great career. … Everything was so natural. Just the way he skated, the way he’d go down the ice and you could see his jersey flapping. His shot and his hands. He did everything at top speed. He could do pretty much everything. He was a fun player to watch. I had a chance to watch him growing up and then a chance to play with him. It was a lot of fun.”
Stars forward Steve Ott
“Simply the best Dallas Star to ever put on the jersey. It’s going to be a lot of years before anyone comes around like Mike Modano again. Hall of Fame career, all the accolades. Stanley Cup. You name it. He is the epitome of what it is to be a Dallas Star. …. I’ll never forget my first training camp. I lined up in the corner as we always do and Mike Modano is in front of me. To see those first see strides and to see that jersey flapping, I knew I was in the NHL. From playing my SEGA Genesis with Mike Modano to seeing him on the ice and seeing the magic that he brought, it was pretty to watch.”
The Stars have put together a series of Modano videos on the official site and you find them there.