Friday, September 23, 2011

Mike Modano Career Now with Happy Ending

Mike Modano announced his retirement today in front of a Dallas Stars press conference podium. Which wouldn't be all that shocking, because most popular star players get to do this kind of thing all the time. But considering that Modano had previously tried to extend his career 1 more year and do it wearing an legendary rival Red Wings jersey. But what has shown to be one of the classier moments that hockey fans and players recognise, Mike Modano was able to retire a Dallas Star, the team he spent 20 years with and moved with.

Modano's legacy in hockey is never really given credit where it most due. He served the franchise well, helping bring it's Stanley Cup victory as well as re-rooting hockey's Minnesota North Stars into a state with little NHL hockey tradition or culture. What he's done for hockey in the United States should stand out above the stats and the career longevity. He's served nobly in the Olympics for Team USA when called upon. He has won 2 silver medals and also a World Cup tournament in 96. He's played in 57 international games with 14 goals 27 assists for 41 career points.

He retires as the top American scorer in the NHL.

Believing he would retire at the end of last season, Modano took one last victory lap around the arena in a Minnesota North Stars jersey. I think this jesture solidifies him as a Stars franchise player.

And even as a footnote, Mike Modano also makes a cameo appearance in the 1992 film The Mighty Ducks. Back when hockey players concentrated on their craft season-round, Mike was kind enough to take the time to participate in something like that.

What is your Mike Modano memory?

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