Mar 18, 2024 - News

📸 Pic du jour: Mike Modano’s new statue

A statue of Mike Modano at the American Airlines Center in Dallas

Watch that jersey flap. Photo: Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Hockey hall of famer Mike Modano's legacy is now etched in bronze outside American Airlines Center, nearly 14 years after he left the Stars and 12 years since he retired from the sport.

What they're saying: "Thirty years ago, we got on a plane in 1993 to come here not knowing what to expect. Five years later, we gave you a Stanley Cup. We feel we've turned Dallas into a hockey town," Modano said at Saturday's unveiling.

Between the lines: The timing of Modano's statue is complicated. The Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki got his statue outside the AAC within a few years of retiring from the team.

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