Morrow replaces Modano as Stars captain

Updated: September 29, 2006, 6:37 PM ET
Associated Press

DALLAS -- Brenden Morrow got a new contract last week from the Dallas Stars. Now he has a new title: captain.

 Brenden Morrow

The Stars named Morrow their captain Friday, a move that relegated Mike Modano to being an assistant captain with Sergei Zubov. Modano, the franchise's career leader in scoring and games played, had been the captain since 2003.

Morrow, a 27-year-old left wing, signed a $24.6 million, six-year extension last week that will keep him with the Stars through the 2012-13 season. Morrow has appeared in 451 career games since being a first-round pick by Dallas in 1997.

"He's entering the prime of his career. We just thought that this was the time to do it," general manager Doug Armstrong said.

"This is an honor and a privilege," Morrow said. "I realize how important it is to have a group of leaders that rally together to accomplish great things. I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead for this team and for me."

Morrow last season set career highs with 42 assists and 65 points. He was the only player in the NHL last season with more than 20 goals and 125 penalty minutes.

In addition to Modano, Stars newcomers Jeff Halpern and Eric Lindros have been captains in the past.

Modano, the No. 1 overall pick in 1988 and one of the most recognized athletes in Dallas, said he had a lot of different emotions about the switch. But he said he understood and supports Morrow.

The role of captain was given to Modano during the summer of 2003 when Derian Hatcher left the team in free agency. Morrow is the club's fifth captain since the Stars moved to Dallas in 1993.

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