The Dallas Stars have announced that Mike Modano, Mark Recchi and Marty Turco have been officially hired by the organization, with Modano and Turco returning to the franchise where they truly belong. Joined by owner Tom Gaglardi, senior advisor Bob Gainey, CEO and President Jim Lites and general manager Joe Nieuwendyk, the Stars announced the new additions to the franchise in a press conference on Thursday at American Airlines Center.
Mike Modano will be hired as an executive advisor and alternate governor with the Stars, while Mark Recchi has been hired as an advisor to Joe Nieuwendyk and the hockey operations department. According to the Stars: "In his new role with the club, Modano will work on all initiatives relating to the Dallas Stars Ownership Advisory group, club broadcasts, and corporate partnership endeavors."
Marty Turco, as expected, will work as a broadcast analyst for the Dallas Stars television broadcasts on Fox Sports Southwest.
Modano retired in 2011, after 20 seasons with the Dallas Stars -- we won't count that other season he spent elsewhere. The face of hockey in North Texas, Modano has returned to Dallas with the goal of helping build the sport back up once more in D/FW and help return the Stars back to prominence in the NHL.
Mark Recchi won three Stanley Cup Championships while playing 22 years in the NHL. He is a minority owner of the Kamloops Blazers and has a close relationship with Gaglardi. According to Jaromir Jagr, it was Recchi who first reached out to the legendary player about coming to Dallas last summer.
Marty Turco was destined for hockey broadcasts after a great career with the Stars and I know that for many fans, it's great to see the former Stars goaltender back with the organization.
More to come.