Brenden Morrow, under contract until 2013, named captain of Dallas Stars

Brenden Morrow was named the newest captain of the Stars on Friday, taking over the role held by Mike Modano since 2003.

The 27-year-old has spent his entire career in Dallas after being taken by them in the first round of the 1997 draft.

Morrow was the only player in the NHL last season to score more than 20 goals and serve more than 125 penalty minutes. He scored 23 times and assisted on 42 for a career-best 65 points, and his plus-30 rating was the best on the team.

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It earned him a US$24.6-million, six-year contract extension this summer that will keep him in Texas until 2013. The native of Carlyle, Sask., said at the time that he loved being a member of the Stars.

“I really believe in this organization and the commitment they’ve made to me and to winning,” he said.

In 451 career NHL games, Morrow has 120 goals and 149 assists for 269 points and 748 penalty minutes. He is the only current Dallas player who has posted three straight 20-goal seasons.