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Stars evolved with Mike Modano

Retiring icon taught hockey to Texas masses and is forever at head of franchise's class

Updated: September 22, 2011, 5:21 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

It didn't take Mike Modano long to figure out it wasn't going to be easy to plop a sheet of ice down in football country and expect fans to understand the basics -- much less any of the intricacies -- of hockey.

Even before he stepped off the plane from Minnesota in 1993, Modano was warned that the learning curve would be steep.

"I thought, 'What are we getting ourselves into?'" said Modano, who announced Wednesday that he was retiring from the NHL after 21 seasons. "We were paranoid. ...

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