Stars will unveil statue of Hockey Hall of Famer Mike Modano in March

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DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Stars will unveil a statue of Hockey Hall of Famer Mike Modano, the franchise leader in goals and points, on March 16.

Modano will be the first Stars player so honored at American Airlines Center. His statue will join that of Dallas Mavericks basketball Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki.

Modano played 20 of his 21 NHL seasons with the Stars franchise, dating back to its days as the Minnesota North Stars. He was the NHL's first overall draft pick in 1988 by the North Stars.

Modano scored a team-high 50 goals in 1993-94, the team's first season in Dallas. He leads the franchise with 557 goals, 802 assists, 1,359 points and 1,459 games played.

“This is just kind of the grand finale of it all,” Modano said. “Being out there with Dirk. Obviously a great friend, and we've done a lot of great things for this town together. This is the icing.”

He was Dallas' leading scorer in 1998-99, when the Stars beat Buffalo in six games to win their only Stanley Cup.