Wild honor ex-North Stars standout Modano

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Many Minnesota hockey fans still feel
jilted by the Dallas Stars, but on Thursday they cheered for a Star
they still consider one of their own.

Dallas forward Mike Modano was greeted with a standing ovation
by the sellout crowd before the Minnesota Wild game with the Stars.

In a ceremony at center ice, the Wild honored Modano for his
contributions to American hockey, presenting him with a painting of
the Minnesota North Stars playing in the 1991 Stanley Cup finals.

"He's the best pick we ever made -- best hockey player to ever
skate for the North Stars," former North Stars general manager Lou
Nanne said. "Mike is a complete player and a leader in every

Modano was picked first overall by the North Stars in the 1988
NHL draft and played four seasons in Minnesota before the team
moved to Dallas at the end of the 1992-93 season.

Minnesota native Phil Housley presented the painting to Modano,
who passed Housley this season to become the NHL's leading scorer
among American-born players with 1,263 career points.