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DALLAS (AP)  Mike Modano is going to retire as a Dallas Star.

The Stars say Modano will sign a one-day contract Friday during the news conference when he announces his retirement.

The contract will list $999,999 in honor of the No. 9 he wore, but he won’t be paid and instead will send his retirement paperwork to the NHL.

Modano said Wednesday that he is retiring after 21 seasons in the NHL, a career that includes a Stanley Cup championship with the Stars in 1999. His 561 goals and 1,374 points are both records for U.S.-born players.

“This is a special day for all of us,” said Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk. “Mike Modano will always be the face of this franchise. He means so much to our organization and all of our fans. We wanted to give him the opportunity to retire as a Dallas Star. Mike has given his heart and soul to this game for over 30 years. On behalf of the entire organization and the National Hockey League, we would like to thank him for his dedication.”

The first overall pick by the Minnesota North Stars in 1988, Modano became the face of the franchise after it moved to Dallas. He played his final season for his hometown Detroit Red Wings.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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