The NHL will start its regular season this weekend without Mike Modano. Modano, a star forward played 21 (yes 21 seasons) for the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars franchise.
He leaves the game as the highest-scoring American born player in history with a total of 1,374 points in 1,499 season games (561 goals, 813 assists). He added another 58 goals and 88 assists for 146 points in 176 playoff games.
The 41-year-old center announced his retirement on his Facebook page. He was drafted first overall way back in 1988 by the Minnesota North Stars; just the second American ever to be selected with the number one pick. Brian Lawton was the first in 1983.
He played in his home state of Minnesota for four seasons before the Stars relocated to Dallas in 1993 where he played all the way up until last season.
Brought to a hockey mad culture with the Minnesota North Stars, Modano displayed the offensive touch worthy of the exalted #1 pick status. The wunderkid delivered immediately, and the...