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Modano, Minnesota exchange gratitude

Former North Stars top pick showered with adulation at place where it all began

Updated: April 11, 2010, 5:31 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- An emotional week ended with Mike Modano wearing a No. 9 North Stars jersey, just like the one he held up as the No. 1 pick in the 1988 draft and wore for four memorable NHL seasons in Minnesota.

Modano, who was given the first star, came out and waved to the crowd, showing off the North Stars logo to big cheers. He stayed for a few minutes and then calmly skated to the dressing room.

Saturday didn't have the dramatics of Thursday's event, which seemed to ...

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