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Continued: Wild notes: Moves put Heatley on fourth line

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 8, 2014 - 8:21 PM

Modano began a 20-minute speech by acknowledging the hockey fans in Minnesota, who taught him about “passion and love for the game.”

“I thank them from the bottom of my heart,” he said. “It was a privilege to wear that North Stars sweater.”

One of the most moving moments came when Modano fought back tears talking about Wild assistant coach Rick Wilson, who recruited Modano to play junior hockey in Prince Albert and coached him in Minnesota and Dallas.

“I wouldn’t be here without him,” Modano said.

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