Mike Modano retires after 21 seasons in NHL

Mike Modano retires after 21 seasons in NHL

Credit: AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez, File

This April 8, 2010 file photo shows Dallas Stars' Mike Modano celebrating after scoring in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks.

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by LARRY LAGE

Associated Press

Posted on September 21, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 21 at 3:46 PM

 

DALLAS - Mike Modano is retiring after 21 seasons in the NHL.

Modano, in a phone interview Wednesday from Dallas, said he recently declined a chance to continue his career with the Vancouver Canucks.

He has 561 goals and 1,374 points, leading U.S.-born players in the league, over 20 seasons with the Dallas-Minnesota franchise and one season with his hometown Detroit Red Wings. The North Stars selected the native of Livonia, Mich., No. 1 overall in 1988. Following the franchise's move to Dallas, he helped the Stars hoist the Stanley Cup in 1999.

Modano signed with the Red Wings last year. A skate sliced a tendon in his right wrist, limiting him to 40 games and career lows with four goals and 15 points.
 
Modano will formally retire at a press conference Friday at 1 p.m. in Dallas' Ritz Carlton Hotel.
 
Modano, 41, is the all-time leading scorer among American-born players in NHL history in goals (561) and points (1,374). Playing 22 seasons in the National Hockey League, he was the first overall pick in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota North Stars.

Modano holds many of the Stars franchise statistical records, including:

Games Played:
1,459
Goals:
557
Assists:
802
Points:
1,359
Overtime goals: 
9
Penalty Shots:
4
Goals in a season by a center:
50 (1993-94)
Hat tricks in a season: 
3 (1998-99) – tied w/4
Power play goals:
156
Shorthanded goals:
29
Even-strength goals:
372
Game-winning goals:
92
Most 20-Goal Seasons:
16
Most 30-Goal Seasons:
9
Power play assists:
331
Shots:
4,194
Highest +/- in a season:
+43 (1996-97)
Playoff Games: 
174
Playoff Goals:
58
Playoff Assists:
87
Playoff Points:
145

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