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Mike Modano | Center

Team: Dallas Stars
Age / DOB:  (47) / 6/7/1970
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 205
Drafted: 1988 / Rd. 1 (1) / Min

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Mike Modano admitted that he wore the number nine throughout his career because of Gordie Howe.
"I always wore number 9 because of Gordie Howe," Modano wrote in The Players' Tribune. "Ever since I started playing junior hockey up in Saskatchewan with the Prince Albert Raiders, it had to be number 9. Gordie is such an icon that you don't need to watch YouTube to get an understanding of what he means to the game of hockey. His legend has been passed down by word of mouth, from junior hockey buses to NHL locker rooms." Sun, Jun 12, 2016 11:16:00 AM

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Mike Modano has been selected as part of the 2014 Hockey Hall of Fame class.

Modano was never the most dominant player in the league. He only finished in the top-10 in the NHL scoring race three times and he never finished higher than eighth. However, he managed to record at least 70 points in all but four seasons from 1989-90 through 2005-06. It was that level of consistency that allowed him to finish with an incredible 1,374 points in 1,499 games, which is good for 23rd place on the all-time points list. He also won the Stanley Cup with Dallas in 1999.
Mon, Jun 23, 2014 03:28:00 PM

The Dallas Stars will retire Mike Modano's number nine in a ceremony Saturday night.

They will raise his jersey to the rafters in a ceremony prior to the Stars' game against Minnesota. Modano is arguably the best American forward to ever play in the NHL. He leads all U.S. scorers in career points with 1374, 1359 of which came as a Star. That total puts him first on the Stars' all-time scoring list and almost 500 points better than Neal Broten, who is second. A well-deserved honor for a beloved hockey player in Texas.
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 11:58:00 AM

Former NHL star and future Hall of Famer Mike Modano was married on Sunday to pro golfer Allison Micheletti.

Micheletti is the daughter of former NHLer Joe Micheletti. Modano divorced his former wife, actress Willa Ford a year ago. Congratulations to Mike and Allison on their marriage.
Mon, Sep 2, 2013 07:34:00 AM

Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff would be open to the idea of Mike Modano coming out of retirement to play for his team.

"I think that’s something you have to evaluate," Ruff said. "There is lots of examples of players in that category that have come back and played as long as the player in that category pays attention to his fitness level and has an elite level of conditioning, which I've seen players that get to that point. They can be effective players in today’s game, and that’s whether the legs underneath you can still carry you to the places you need to go on the ice." Modano is 43 and hasn't played since 2010-11, so a comeback seems very unlikely.
Thu, Jun 27, 2013 09:22:00 AM

Mike Modano likes the Dallas Stars' decision to select Jim Nill as the team's new general manager.

Nill was formerly an assistant GM with the Detroit Red Wings. "Jim Nill has been sought after for a long time from a number of teams in the league," Modano said. "How we got him to agree to come to Dallas, no one really knows. I think he was excited about the opportunity to start fresh somewhere else. He’s one of the masterminds behind the Wings for 25 years, him and Kenny Holland. He knows everything about the game." Modano is also excited to see his jersey get retired.
Thu, Jun 6, 2013 10:02:00 AM

The Dallas Stars will retire No. 9 for Mike Modano.

"Mike Modano is a once-in-a-generation player and an American hockey icon," said Stars President and CEO Jim Lites. "His contributions to our team, including winning the Stanley Cup and helping build hockey in Texas are immeasurable. We’re proud of everything Mike accomplished in a Stars uniform and are honored that his number 9 will hang in our rafters." Modano is the Stars' career leader in games, goals, and assists. He led the Stars to a Stanley Cup victory in 1999 and is a seven-time All-Star.
Wed, Jun 5, 2013 09:01:00 AM

The Dallas Stars added three tremendous former players to their organization.

Mike Modano, Marty Turco, and Mark Recchi have all agreed to work for the franchise. "We are excited to begin the franchise's 20th anniversary season [in Dallas], where we celebrate our history in Dallas and strive to make new history on and off the ice," Stars owner Tom Gaglardi said. "With the additions of Mike Modano, Mark Recchi and Marty Turco, I'm confident we have the right staff in place to restore the franchise to the League's upper echelon."
Thu, Jan 17, 2013 01:56:00 PM

Mike Modano was one of three people enshrined in the United States Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday.

Modano entered the Hall alongside Ed Olczyk and Lou Lamoriello Monday in Dallas. Modano was instrumental in hockey taking off in Dallas, so much so that locals Stefan Noesen was a first round pick in 2011 (Ottawa) and defenseman Seth Jones is expected to go first or second in June. Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr were expected at the ceremony, but both sent regrets that they could not make it on Monday, so hopefully the meeting on Tuesday in Toronto will be an important one.
Tue, Oct 16, 2012 08:20:00 AM

Mike Modano will be enshrined in the American Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday.

Modano had a stellar hockey career as he had 561 goals and 1374 points after being drafted first overall in the 1988 Draft by the Minnesota North Stars. He played the bulk of his career with Dallas where the North Stars moved after the 1992-93 season. He was the face of the franchise and led the squad to their only Stanley Cup in 1999. Congratulations are in order for Mike Modano.
Mon, Oct 15, 2012 08:21:00 AM

Mike Modano blames both Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr for the current NHL lockout.

"I think what frustrated a lot of the (players) in the union was the dragging of the feet on both sides," said Modano. "Not talking for two or three weeks at a time…I think the urgency of getting something done was just not taken too serious. Everybody on both sides was just waiting for the other one to flinch." Modano previously stated that the 2004-05 lockout wasn't worth it "in hindsight." The current lockout is approaching a week old.
Fri, Sep 21, 2012 05:26:00 PM

Mike Modano doesn't think the 2004-05 lockout was worth it for the players.

"In hindsight, it wasn’t worth it," Modano said. "It was a waste of time. We thought we were stronger than we were. We started falling apart as the months clicked by." Modano advised the players that this isn't a battle that they'll feel like they've won. "It’s a negotiation," Modano said. "You feel at some point that both sides will be upset about what they have to give up."
Wed, Sep 19, 2012 01:09:00 PM

Mike Modano has officially retired from the National Hockey League.

Modano revealed on Wednesday that he planned to retire, but he decided to first sign a one-day contract with Dallas so that he could retire as a member of the Stars. "You wonder what this day would be like and it feels pretty overwhelming," Modano said. "I look back at 21 years with one franchise and I think that's what made me the most proud of anything." Modano scored 561 goals and 1,374 points in 1,499 career games. He was originally drafted by the Minnesota North Stars in 1988 and stayed with the organization until the end of the 2009-10. He spent the 2010-11 campaign with the Detroit Red Wings, but he was limited to 40 games due to a wrist injury. Modano is the Stars' franchise leader in a number of categories, including games played, goals, assists, points, and game-winning goals. He's also scored more goals and recorded more points than any other US-born player.
Fri, Sep 23, 2011 03:53:00 PM

Mike Modano will be signed to a one-day contract by the Dallas Stars, so he can retire as a member of the organization.

"This is a special day for all of us," said GM Joe Nieuwendyk, who will give Modano a deal worth $999,999 to honor of his No. 9 sweater. "Mike Modano will always be the face of this franchise. He means so much to our organization and all of our fans. We wanted to give him the opportunity to retire as a Dallas Star. Mike has given his heart and soul to this game for over 30 years. On behalf of the entire organization and the National Hockey League, we would like to thank him for his dedication." The veteran center still holds multiple Stars franchise records, so it's a very nice touch to send him into retirement. Modano's official announcement is set to come on Friday.
Source: Stars Blog
Thu, Sep 22, 2011 01:23:00 PM

Mike Modano announced his plans to retire on his Facebook and Twitter accounts.

"After a long summer of thinking about my future, I've come to the decision that it's time to retire as a player from the NHL," wrote the 41-year-old veteran on his Facebook page. "There's way too many people to thank here at this time and too much to say, so I have a press conference scheduled for early Friday afternoon. Check back Friday late afternoon for more. What a great ride it's been!" Modano skated in 1,499 career games, with the vast majority of them coming with the Minnesota/Dallas organization, while generating 561 goals and 813 assists. We wish him the best in his retirement.
Wed, Sep 21, 2011 02:30:00 PM

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