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Mike Modano

Mike Modano

  • Sport: Hockey
  • Decade Inducted: 2010s

The all-time highest scoring American-born player in the National Hockey League & 2014 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee, Mike Modano was a smooth skating forward who spent 17 seasons in hockey’s premier league. Modano began skating at the age of seven with hockey following shortly after. He excelled in the sport immediately. With his families support behind him, they relocated twice to provide better opportunities for the young star.

Modano made his NHL debut during the 1989-90 season. That year, he was chosen for the NHL All-Rookie Team and was runner-up to Sergei Makarov for the Calder Trophy as the top first-year player in the NHL. The North Stars left Minnesota for Dallas and were re-branded as the Stars prior to the 1993-94 season, with Modano helping to sell NHL hockey in Texas. The Stars finished first in the Central Division in 1996-97, reached the Conference final in 1998 and won the Stanley Cup in 1999. Modano led the Stars in scoring through the post-season with 23 points, despite playing with a broken wrist suffered in Game Two of the final against the Buffalo Sabres.

While regarded as an offensive-minded forward through most of his career, Modano, modified his game and in 2001, was a finalist for the Selke Trophy as the top defensive forward. In many ways, Modano was the face of the North Stars/Stars franchise. He had 16 seasons scoring 20 or more goals, including 9 with 30 or more, plus a superb 50-goal season in 1993-94. Twice, including that 1993-94 season, he recorded 93 points. Overall he was selected to and played for 8 NHL All Star Teams.

In 2011, after 21 seasons in the NHL, Modano retired as a Dallas Star. The franchise retired his number 9 in 2014. Modano holds NHL records for most regular season goals, most regular season points and most playoff points by an American-born player. He represented the United States at the Winter Olympics in 1998, 2002 (taking home a silver medal) and 2006.

He currently serves as the Executive Advisor and Alternate Governor for the Dallas Stars, a position he has held since 2013. He resides in Arizona with his wife, professional golfer, Allison Micheletti and their one year old twins Jack and Kate.