Originally posted on NHL Hot Stove  |  Last updated 10/2/11

Melissa Grissom
NHLHS Dallas Stars Correspondent

On September 21, 2011, Mike Modano, the face and voice of the Dallas Stars franchise, decided to hang up the skates. He’s known as one of the greatest American born skaters in the NHL. He was a fast, smooth skater who had the knack for goals and changed his style of play to win more games. He went from a rookie who scored many goals to become a great two-hockey player. In his 21 years in the NHL, he played 1499 games, scored 561 goals, with 831 assists and ended up with 1374 points, but the stats with Modano wasn’t the biggest impact of his game. It was the impact off the ice as well, as he started the Mike Modano foundation, which raises funds to improve the quality of life for at-risk and under-served children in the Dallas, Texas area.

When I first started this tribute article for Mike Modano, I asked many fans to write what they thought of Mike Modano and how he changed the game of hockey for them:

“Mike is the epitome of hockey players. There’s no words to express what he meant to the Stars or the sport in general from” @hockeyarcher (Mohammad Bakhach)

“Mike Modano was one of the best American born hockey players of all time” @odf371 (Dawn Crupi)

“When @9modano skated he was poetry in motion creating excitement for fans who anticipated that high labeler” @NewYork Puck (Derek B. Felix)

“I have Modano to thank for everything, he truly got me into the sport back in 2000 when we were in the playoffs, I think my first game I watched was against the Av’s.. He stood out to me, not because he was good looking but the plays he made were awesome. I am truly blessed and thankful for being able to watch him for the better part of my life.” @KaPow18  (Kayla Powers)

“Mike Modano was the best of a group of Americans who were inspired by the 1980 US Men’s Olympic team. A natural athlete, he could’ve played just about any sport, yet he chose hockey and US hockey is all the better for it.” @happygirl2525 (Kris)

“I’ve been a Stars fan since I was a kid in the mid 80′s growing up just north of Edmonton. That’s right, while Gretzky and Messier were hoisting Stanley Cups just miles from my house, I was cheering for the Minnesota North Stars. I remember hearing about Mike Modano a little before the draft in 1988 and realized that we were on a collision course as the North Stars were destined for the #1 pick that year. I watched his draft that Saturday morning on June 11 of 1988 and I, as well as my youngest sister, eventually became a fan. I had favorites over the years like Dino Ciccarelli, Neal Broten, and Dave Gagner, but Mike Modano set a whole new standard. A standard that’s not likely to ever be matched. He’s been that Gretzky and that Messier to me, and he’s someone us Stars fans can brag about with confidence when talking about the greatest players to ever play the game. His skill level on the ice was nearly untouchable and so is his class off of it. He’s the definition of idol and it’s been an amazing 23 year ride. Impossible to put in to words. Thank you Mike !” Travis Currie, Gibbon AB (travcurrie)

“Mike Modano is the reason I became a fan of hockey and the Dallas Stars. I’ll never forget the first time I saw him play, his jersey flapping in the wind behind him as he glided across the sheet of ice at Reunion Arena. From that moment on, I was hooked and he’s someone that I have looked up to for the last 14 years. He made hockey relevant in a non-traditional hockey market and he’s done so much for the city of Dallas the surrounding communities. Thank you Mike for all that you’ve done in Dallas. Thank you for all the incredible memories that you’ve given not just your fans, but your teammates, your friends and your family. You will be missed on the ice by many, but you’ve paved the way for future hockey players. Thank you for being an inspiration on so many levels. Good luck in all your future ventures. Welcome back home to Big D, Mike!”  Casey (@StarStruck1409)

As you can tell, Mike Modano had a big impact in the NHL and outside of the whole hockey business. Modano will always be remembered as the greatest American goal scorer who loved the game like we all do. Now he’s retired and maybe he will be coaching or maybe he will be with the Dallas Stars organization. Right now he’s enjoying retirement.

An American icon has retired from the NHL, but his legacy will be remember by the fans who loved him. So good luck, Mike Modano to whatever you do in the near future.


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