Stars honor Hull in pregame ceremony

DALLAS -- The Stars honored Brett Hull before Wednesday's game, naming him the first member of the Dallas Stars "Walk of Legends." The club unveiled a plaque similar to those the Rangers use in the club's Hall of Fame that will be on display around the American Airlines Center and at the Stars' practice facility in Frisco. Hull was the first Dallas Stars player to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame earlier this month.

The ceremony included Stars owner Tom Hicks, former teammates Darryl Sydor, Eddie Belfour and general manager Joe Nieuwendyk, former general manager Doug Armstrong (now with St. Louis as assistant GM) and both the Blues and the Stars teams. Even the Stanley Cup was on hand.

After a short video tribute, Hull shook hands with former linemates Mike Modano and Jere Lehtinen in the dressing room and then grabbed the Cup and brought it onto the ice, hoisting it to the crowd amid big cheers and a standing ovation.

"After we lost in the Western Conference Finals in the summer of 1998, I asked Bob Gainey to get us the final piece to put us over the top," Hicks said, turning to Hull. "He went out and got you."

Hull, joined by members of his family, thanked the organization, his former teammates and the fans in a brief speech.

"This means everything to me," said Hull before the ceremony. "To have the organization that I'm a part of honor me like this is incredible. The last month has been a whirlwind. It's been unbelievable and really great. I can't thank the organization and the fans enough."