I think Mike and I are similar in the way we lead, we were not really vocal guys but tried to lead by example with the way we played. here comes a time where every sports organization has to make difficult decision as to the direction they are going to take for the future. Those decisions are more gut-wrenching when it involves the face of the organization.
This was the case when the organization approached then captain, Mike Modano and suggested that new leadership would be best for the team. Being the "team first" athlete that he is, Modano didn't hesitate.
Naturally, there was a perfect individual who fit the mold waiting in the wings.
"I think Mike and I are similar in the way we lead, we were not really vocal guys but tried to lead by example with the way we played," said Brenden Morrow, Modano's successor and current member of the St. Louis Blues.
Because of the natural abilities of Morrow, especially his leadership capabilities. But we wondered if Mike had advice for Morrow.
"Not that I recall," Brenden said. "Hitch pushed young guys pretty hard so veterans like Mike and Hully usually had some words of encouragement to pick you back up, sometimes not."
In 2010, after his heroics in the 2008 and his ability to lead on the ice, Morrow was selected to represent Team Canada in the Vancouver Olympic games. Canada won their first of what would be back-to-back Olympic gold medals.
Infamous superstars, Wayne Gretzky and Steve Yzerman helped mold the teams, so we asked the Olympic champion Morrow if he felt Modano's input would help vault Team USA to the top of the podium.
"Mike is the perfect guy to help more with USA hockey. I think if you ask any of the players representing the teams now days they all grew up admiring Mo and the way he played," said Brenden. "He represented USA plenty of times and he cares about that program. He'd have a voice on not just players but he wasn't afraid to speak up about logistics and travel and other things that team USA could do better to give team better chance to win."
So, just where does Mike Modano rank amongst the best players to the man known as "Minimo1Zero" on twitter?
"That's a tough question. Played with a lot of great players but Mo in his prime might have been the most fun to watch!"
Tonight, Number 9 gets lifted to the rafters. Perhaps his impact on players like his successor will result in Number 10 joining other Stars greats.