The Dallas Stars retired the jersey number of longtime star Mike Modano at the end of last season, and it appears that they could soon be adding two more numbers to the rafters at the American Airlines Center.
According to Stars President Jim Lites, the team could be retiring the jerseys of former defensemen Sergei Zubov and Jere Lehtinen, who were part of the Stars championship team back in 1999.
“Nobody appreciates really the hard work that Sergei Zubov and Jere Lehtinen have done for this franchise,” Lites said, per the Dallas Morning News. “My own feeling is that we’re absolutely going to consider it.
“There’s always a commercial aspect to it. Franchises get accused of exploiting their players and that kind of thing. However it’s done it’s going to be done right. Those two guys were career Dallas Stars … They are the two most significant players that haven’t been put in the Hall of Fame yet, so I think we’re absolutely open to the possibility. But when I get asked the question I always say this: The two I hope to retire for sure are 91 and 14, because if we retire (Seguin’s) 91 and (Benn’s) 14 sometime in the future it’ll mean we’ve won Cups here.”
Lehtinen, a three-time Selke Trophy winner, wore No. 26 throughout his career, and Zubov wore No. 56.
Both men would certainly be deserving of the honor.
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