Mike Modano, one of the greatest American-born hockey players of all-time, retired earlier today. Mike was selected first overall in the 1988 NHL entry draft by the Minnesota North Stars. He joined the Stars in 1989 where he played there for four years until the North Stars relocated to Dallas, Texas as the Stars. For years, the American center dominated the league. His career high in points was 93, which is accomplished in back to back years from 1992-1994. Mike also reached the 80 point plateau eight times. In 1999, Mike Modano led the Stars to the Stanley Cup, the first and only in franchise history. He had twenty-three points in the playoffs and was the runner up for the Conn Smythe Award as playoff MVP. Mike led the Stars for the next ten years, but were unable to capture another Stanley Cup. After the Stars let Modano know they weren’t going to resign him after the 2009-2010 season, Mike signed his final contract with the Detroit Red Wings for one year.
Mike Modano holds the Stars franchise in games played, goals, assists, and points, both regular season and playoffs. He is in elite class by scoring over 500 goals and recording over 1000 points in his career. Modano has participated in eight all-star games including captaining the Western All-Stars in 2003.
Mike Modano will be forever known as one of the greatest American hockey players. He has several NHL career records by American-born players including goals (541), points (1374), playoff points (145), and games played by a forward (1499). Mike has represented the United States on several occasions and won medals. Most notably this includes the 1991 World Cup of Hockey (Silver), 1996 World Cup of Hockey (Gold), and the 2002 Olympics (Silver).