Mike Modano is arguably the greatest American hockey player in the history of the sport. A veteran of 21 seasons in the NHL, he is the all-time leading American-born scorer in both goals (561) and points (1,374) in 1,499 career NHL games and a 2014 inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Modano is the Dallas Stars’ franchise leader in nearly every category, including games played (1,459), goals (557), assists (802), points (1,359), game-winning goals (92), power play goals (156), and short-handed tallies (29). He is also the franchise leader in playoff games played (174), goals (56), assists (87) and overall points (143).
An eight-time NHL All-Star, Modano was a key cog in the Stars’ greatest run of success in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, helping lead the team to seven division titles, two Western Conference crowns and the 1999 Stanley Cup.
Modano’s contributions have reached beyond the ice since he came to Texas. He started the Mike Modano Foundation in 2000, focused on providing support and assistance to organizations, programs and projects helping children, veterans and canines in need of social, medical, educational or protective services.
Modano is credited with playing a key role in helping grow the game of hockey in the State of Texas. When the Stars first arrived to Dallas in 1993, there were fewer than 250 recreational hockey players and just five sheets of ice in the Metroplex. Today, there are almost 10,000 recreational hockey players, playing on over 20 sheets of ice in the area.
The native of Livonia, Michigan was selected by the Minnesota North Stars as the first overall pick in 1988. Modano announced his retirement from the NHL on Sept. 23, 2011 and currently lives in Scottsdale, AZ with wife Allison and their twins Jack and Kate.