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  1. The Elevation of Tex-Mex
    Mico Rodriguez
  2. The Bounty of the Barnett Shale
    Kelcy Warren
  3. The Entrepreneurial Woman
    Tomima Edmark
  4. The Growth of the Vietnamese Community
    Jennifer Nguyen
  5. The Founding of Uptown
    Phil Cobb
  6. The Changing Face of Politics
    Craig Watkins
  7. The Brain Gain
    Dr. Hao Zhu
  8. The Four Sport Town
    Mike Modano
  9. The Underground Culture
    Katherine Owens
  10. The Catholic Migration
    Father Ivan Asencio
  11. The Organized South Asian Community
    John Hammond
  12. The Next Way to Develop
    Jeff Blackard
  13. The Allure of the Silicon Prairie
    Anousheh Ansari
  14. The lighting of Reunion Tower
    George Schrader
  15. The New Old Tradition
    Jennifer Moreno
  16. The Test Kitchen
    Mariel Street
  17. The Art Magnet
    Kevin Moriarty
  18. The Glamorous Return of Dallas Shopping
    Brian Bolke
  19. The Strengthening of the Gay Community
    Jack Evans and George Harris
  20. The Resurgence of Downtown Dallas
    Art Ortiz
  21. The Megachurch Boom
    Ed Young
  22. The Fundraisers
    Lynn McBee
  23. The Refuge
    Pedro Amaya
  24. The Reason Dallas Took Off
    Ron Barzyk
  25. The Girl Who Stayed Home
    Erykah Badu
  26. The Preservation of Our Historic Buildings
    Virginia McAlester
  27. The Thriving Ethiopian Community
    Birhan Mekonnen
  28. The New Dallas ISD
    Jessica Leija
  29. The Rebirth of the Trinity River
    Peter Payton
  30. The Trains Start Running
    Ladrika Davis Gross
  31. The Architect of an Art Scene
    Stephen Lapthisophon
  32. The Calculator That Changed the World
    Vonnie Howard
  33. The Rise and Fall and Rise of Deep Ellum
    Frank Campagna
  34. The Big Move
    Kendra Norwood
  35. The Expanding Empire in Fort worth
    Scott Hernandez
  36. The Family Recipe
    Chuy Cruz
  37. The Transformation of Oak Cliff
    David Spence
  38. The Now-Legal Immigrant
    Jesus Castillo Carrizales
  39. The City of Philanthropists
    Lyda Hill
  40. The Transplants
    Tara Vornkahl
00 The Four Sport Town Wednesday, June 25, at 6:23pm with the Little Rookies at the Dr Pepper StarCenter in Frisco

Mike Modano

When the Cowboys launched in 1960, football was the city’s only major professional sport. Baseball followed in 1972 and basketball in 1980. It wasn’t until the Dallas Stars arrived in 1993 that the city finally boasted franchises of all four major sports. But ice hockey in Texas? Could there really be a fan base?

The Stars were armed with a secret weapon, a fresh-faced young star named Mike Modano. He would lead the team to a Stanley Cup and become the highest-scoring American-born player in a sport dominated by Canadians and Europeans. But Modano’s longest-lasting legacy was introducing hockey to Dallas and making it stick. Before the Stars left Minnesota, the front office told their star they would lean on him to sell his sport. 

“They said in order to make this work, to get it off the ground, that they needed me to help a little bit, go the extra mile,” Modano remembers. “Do some Hockey 101 stuff, some camps, little things to help people get acclimated, get the kids involved, get on TV and radio, try to build some hype and some attention.”

At first, it was rough. But Modano knew if the Stars played great hockey, Dallasites would fall for the game. “In 1998, we had the conference finals against the Red Wings,” Modano says. “I think that took it to a whole new level. People got a taste of playoff hockey, and at that point, they were hooked.”

Off the ice, the franchise took to the community, building rinks, running camps, and starting leagues. “Now, every couple of years, you have a good player that comes out of here and goes to Canada and goes to college and gets a lot of recognition and attention,” Modano says. And while Dallas has started to export top talent, its original import stayed. After a season in his home state of Michigan with the Detroit Red Wings, Modano returned to Dallas to retire as a Dallas Star. 

“I grew up with the sport,” he says. “And I grew up with the city and its people.”