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Mike Modano, Dallas Stars Legend And U.S. Icon, Retires From NHL

Friday, Mike Modano, possibly the greatest American-born hockey player of all-time, announced his retirement from the NHL after 21 seasons. Fittingly, he signed a one-day contract worth $999,999 (he was No. 9) in order to to retire as a member of the Dallas Stars. He had played in 40 games with the Detroit Red Wings this past season; the rest of his career was with the Stars (Minnesota, Dallas)


I think ESPN broadcaster Steve Levy said it best, when he said (paraphrasing) that even if Modano had been a Canadian, he would've been one of the best players from that country as well. The 41-year-old was offered a contract to play with the Vancouver Canucks this season, but ultimately decided he was going to hang up his skates for good.


The surefire Hall of Famer retires as America's all-time leading scorer in goals (561) and points (1,374). He's also played in 1,499 games, a record for an American-born forward. Modano participated in three Olympics as well. The center was originally the first overall pick of the Minnesota North Stars in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft.


In his career, he played the Rangers 30 times, scoring eight goals and assisting 17 times. He was a negative-2. He also played the Devils 30 times, scoring seven times and recording eight assists. He was a negative-10 against them in his career. And against the Islanders, 32 games, he scored 14 times and had 15 assists. He was a negative-9.