Mike Modano
American ice hockey player
Mike Modano
Michael Thomas Modano, Jr. is a retired American professional ice hockey player, who played primarily for the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars franchise. He is the all-time goal-scoring and points leader amongst American-born players in the NHL, as well as the last active player in the NHL who played for the North Stars when the team was in Minnesota. Modano was drafted first overall by the North Stars in 1988.
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Modano celebration expands
Star Telegram- blogs - about 3 years
The Dallas Stars are planning a busy March day for the jersey retirement of all-time great Mike Modano.
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NHL Fans Are Wimps and Should Act More Like Philadelphia Crazies
The Street - over 3 years
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Earlier this week, Lindy Ruff, former coach of the Buffalo Sabres, returned to First Niagara Center behind the Dallas Stars' bench. The Western New York crowd gave Ruff a standing ovation after a video chronicling not only his coaching career in Buffalo, but his days as a player. A couple of seasons ago, Dallas Stars' fans said what they thought was goodbye to Mike Modano during one of the most emotional nights the National Hockey League has ever delivered: ...
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Mike Modano weds pro golfer, daughter of New York Rangers TV analyst Joe Micheletti
Fox News - over 3 years
Retired Dallas Stars center Mike Modano is on a Caribbean honeymoon after marrying professional golfer Allison Micheletti.
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Stars to retire Modano's jersey next season
Fox News - over 3 years
The Dallas Stars are about to bestow another honor on franchise icon and future Hall of Famer Mike Modano.The club announced on Tuesday its intention to retire Modano's No
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Willa Ford and Mike Modano divorcing
CBS - Atlanta - over 4 years
Singer and actress Willa Ford and former NHL star Mike Modano are divorcing after five years.
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Retired hockey star Mike Modano, actress Willa Ford ending 5-year marriage
Brandon Sun - over 4 years
DALLAS - Retired hockey star Mike Modano and actress Willa Ford have decided to end their five-year marriage. Modano spokesman Rob Scichili said Wednesday the couple was divorcing but didn't have further details. The 42-year-old Modano and Ford married in 2007 in Athens, Texas. Modano is the
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Willa Ford, Husband Mike Modano Divorcing After 5 Years
US Magazine - over 4 years
The actress and athlete "remain friends and wish each other success and happiness," Ford's rep tells Us This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Willa Ford, Husband Mike Modano Divorcing After 5 Years
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Willa Ford, Mike Modano divorcing
News Briefs - over 4 years
Dancing with the Stars alum Willa Ford, 31, and her husband, Mike Modano, 42, are getting a divorce, People reports.
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Puck Daddy chats with Mike Modano about NHL labor talks, his potential comeback and ‘Breaking Bad’
Yahoo News - over 4 years
In his first year since retiring from the National Hockey League, Mike Modano says his golf game has improved a little bit. "When you play so much and play so often you're almost counterproductive," Modano said as he prepared for … Continue reading →
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Mike Modano joins U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame
Star Telegram- blogs - over 4 years
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Lamoriello, Modano, Olczyk named to U.S. HHOF
Calgary Sun - over 4 years
Retired forwards Mike Modano and Ed Olczyk and New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello were announced Wednesday as inductees to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
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NYTimes - over 5 years
Patrik Elias scored 45 seconds into overtime to lift the Devils to a 2-1 win over the Rangers in Albany in the preseason opener for both teams. Set up by Zach Parise’s pass, Elias tapped the game-winner past Cam Talbot after the Rangers turned it over in their zone. Petr Sykora beat Henrik Lundqvist in the first period on a wrister from the
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Modano Still on the Fence? No Mo Please! - Blackout Dallas
Google News - over 5 years
The greatest American-born player in NHL history, Mike Modano has said that he still has not made up his mind, and will make announce which route he is going to take in mid September. ESPN Dallas had a chat with Modano this last weekend (Story) and
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mike Modano
  • 2014
    Age 43
    Modano was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 17, 2014.
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  • 2013
    Age 42
    Modano married professional golfer Allison Micheletti, daughter and niece of former NHL players Joe Micheletti and Pat Micheletti, respectively, on September 1, 2013.
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    In January 2013, Modano became an alternate governor and executive advisor for the Stars' office.
    More Details Hide Details He described his role as regarding the "business side of the organization", attracting the involvement of local businesses to the team, as well as getting more fans to Stars games.
  • 2012
    Age 41
    In August 2012, Ford and Modano announced that they were divorcing.
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  • 2011
    Age 40
    On September 23, 2011, after 21 seasons in the NHL, Modano officially announced his retirement from hockey at a press conference in Dallas.
    More Details Hide Details Modano was the last active player to have played in the 1980s, along with Mark Recchi, as well as the last active player to have played for the Minnesota North Stars. The Stars signed Modano to a short one-day contract to allow Modano to retire with the Stars, the team which he played for in 16 of his 21 NHL seasons.
  • 2010
    Age 39
    At 5:35 of the first period of Detroit's 2010–11 home opener, on just his second shift, Modano took a pass from Cleary and beat Anaheim goaltender Jonas Hiller for his first goal as a Red Wing.
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    On June 29, 2010, the Stars announced that Modano would not be re-signed to a contract for the 2010–11 season.
    More Details Hide Details After contemplating retirement or signing with the Detroit Red Wings (in his home state) or with the Minnesota Wild (in the state where he began his NHL career), Modano signed a one-year contract with the Red Wings. As the 9 jersey had been retired by the Red Wings, Modano went for #90 instead. Coach Mike Babcock expressed a desire for Modano to center Detroit's third line with Dan Cleary and Jiří Hudler.
  • 2007
    Age 36
    Modano and Ford were married in a small ceremony in Athens, Texas, on August 25, 2007, where Brett Hull and Darryl Sydor attended as Modano's co-best men.
    More Details Hide Details Ford was asked by the NHL to blog the Stars' 2007 playoff series; her posts were well-received, and her support of her husband quite vocal.
    With his production declining from 2007–2010, Modano played out the duration of his contract, which expired after the 2009–10 season.
    More Details Hide Details In the final game of that season (coincidentally played in Minnesota, where Modano began his pro career), Modano was saluted with a video tribute and a standing ovation, and named the game's first star, skating around the ice wearing a Minnesota North Stars jersey.
    November 21, 2007, was "Mike Modano Tribute Night" at American Airlines Center, where Modano was honored by the franchise for his achievements in U.S. hockey.
    More Details Hide Details Those who spoke in the pre-game ceremony included Brett Hull, Joe Mullen, Phil Housley, and Stars owner Tom Hicks. Capping off an emotional night, Modano later went on to score the game-tying goal, as well as a shootout goal in a 3–2 Stars victory against the Anaheim Ducks.
    Modano also holds the NHL all-time record for most points scored by a U.S. born player. He broke the record, which previously belonged to Phil Housley, on November 7, 2007, by scoring two goals in the first five minutes, with the record-breaker being a short-handed goal on a breakaway, against the San Jose Sharks.
    More Details Hide Details That night, amongst his congratulatory phone calls was one from Air Force One, U.S. President George W. Bush spoke to him for a few minutes about the record.
    On March 17, 2007, in an away game versus the Nashville Predators, Modano scored his 502nd and 503rd career regular-season goals in a 3–2 loss, thus passing Joe Mullen's NHL record (502) for most goals scored by an American-born player.
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    Modano scored his 500th career regular-season goal on March 13, 2007, with 10:24 left in the 3rd period in a regulation win against Antero Niittymäki of the Philadelphia Flyers with assists by Antti Miettinen and Jon Klemm.
    More Details Hide Details He is only the 14th goal scorer to score 500 goals with a single team and the 39th player to reach 500 goals overall.
    Modano, the Stars' all-time leader in several statistical categories and a member of the franchise for the entirety of his 17-year career, appeared at selected All-Star events and dropped the puck in a ceremonial face-off prior the game on January 24, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Modano made a brief cameo appearance alongside then-teammate Basil McRae in the 1992 film The Mighty Ducks. He only had two lines in the movie, in which he said to Emilio Estevez: "I heard you were a farmer" and "take it easy." Nonetheless, Modano still received a membership voucher to the Screen Actors Guild for the role. Modano is an avid golfer, having met his second wife on a golf course, and playing in some tournaments after retirement. On Mike Modano Tribute Night, both the Dallas Stars and Anaheim Ducks organizations presented him with golf packages, one of which was for the course at The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews in Scotland. His golf partner is often former Stars teammate Brett Hull. Hull and Modano ran a Dallas restaurant, Hully & Mo Restaurant and Tap Room, from 2008 to 2012. In 2003, the town of Westland, where Modano lived during his minor hockey career and his parents still reside, renamed their ice rink as Mike Modano Ice Arena.
  • 2006
    Age 35
    On September 29, 2006, Brenden Morrow replaced him as the Stars' captain; Modano served an alternate captain from that time until 2010, a role in which he had previously served from 1995 to 2003.
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  • 2005
    Age 34
    Modano would sign a five-year contract extension with Dallas on August 5, 2005.
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    During the 2005 offseason, Modano contemplated signing with the Boston Bruins, but he decided to stay with the Stars after owner Tom Hicks got involved.
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  • 2003
    Age 32
    As the long-time face of the Dallas franchise, he has recorded over 1,000 NHL points and became the captain of the Stars in 2003.
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  • 1999
    Age 28
    During his tenure with the Raiders, Modano started dating Kerri Nelson, sister of his teammates Jeff and Todd Nelson. In October 1999, he proposed to her, but eventually they ended the engagement in February 2000.
    More Details Hide Details On November 30, 2006, singer/songwriter Willa Ford announced that Modano, her long-time boyfriend, had proposed to her during the weekend of Thanksgiving, 2006.
  • 1996
    Age 25
    Modano averaged 78 points per season from 1996–2002, and was also one of the NHL's top forwards in plus/minus over that span (his +43 in 1997 was second only to John LeClair's +44 mark).
    More Details Hide Details Modano's career high for points in a game is six (2–4–6) against the Anaheim Ducks, and he has seven career hat tricks. His only career fight was against Rod Brind'Amour. He was also a candidate for the Frank J. Selke Trophy (2001), and the Lady Byng Trophy (2003).
    Helped by new acquisitions Joe Nieuwendyk and Sergei Zubov, Modano led the Stars to the Central Division title in the 1996-97 NHL season.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1998 Stanley Cup playoffs, with new goaltender Ed Belfour, the Stars reached the Western Finals. In 1999, Modano won the Stanley Cup with the Stars, playing all six games of the finals against the Buffalo Sabres despite breaking his wrist in the second game. Modano assisted on the Stars' final five goals of the series, including both in Game 5 and Game 6, and led the Stars with 23 points in the playoffs, with all seven in the finals on assists. The Stars returned to the finals in 2000 against the New Jersey Devils. Modano scored the overtime goal that gave the Stars a victory in game 5, but on game 6 in Dallas the Devils wound up closing the series 4-2.
    Ken Hitchcock was hired on January 8, 1996 as Dallas' coach, installing a defensive-minded system while requesting Modano to concentrate on his offense and using him more routinely - from the 15–18 minutes under Gainey, Modano routinely played twenty-five minutes with Hitchcock.
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  • 1992
    Age 21
    He soon had his best season up to that point, scoring 93 points at the 1992–93 NHL season and earning his first NHL All-Star Game invitation.
    More Details Hide Details Prior to the 1993–94 NHL season, the North Stars moved to Dallas to become the Dallas Stars. Considering the relocation to Texas as an opportunity for a fresh start, with different expectations from fans and the media, Modano decided to accept Gainey's suggestions to become a more complete player and perform more attacks. Modano recorded a personal-best 50 goals and again scored 93 points. Soon he became an idol in Dallas, becoming the player who sold the most jerseys and received the most letters. During the next two seasons, Modano lowered his goalscoring and had many injuries - a concussion, a knee injury and ruptured ankle tendons - but improved his defensive play. Despite that, the Stars failed to qualify for the 1996 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and Gainey stepped down as head coach, while remaining GM.
    In 1992, Modano signed a four-year extension that made him the highest-paid member of the team, receiving $2 million per year.
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  • 1988
    Age 17
    Despite the good start, Modano was often criticized in Minnesota as an underachiever who did not compare to the 1988 number two pick, Trevor Linden.
    More Details Hide Details This was evidenced by a sophomore season where the North Stars reached the Stanley Cup Finals, but Modano barely repeated his goals and assists, while confronting coach Bob Gainey for his overtly defensive style.
    The North Stars signed Modano on Christmas of 1988, and he joined the team for the 1989–90 season.
    More Details Hide Details He scored his first career NHL goal against Glenn Healy of the New York Islanders, and had a good rookie season which landed him on the NHL All-Rookie Team and made him a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy. He controversially lost to 31-year-old Sergei Makarov, who had already played professionally in the Soviet Championship League for over 12 years; this led to an age barrier of 26 for Calder candidates the following year to the present day.
    Four days before Modano's eighteenth birthday, the Minnesota North Stars selected him as the first overall draft pick in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft.
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  • 1986
    Age 15
    In 1986, 16-year-old Modano was invited by coach Rick Wilson of the Prince Albert Raiders to come to Saskatchewan and join the Western Hockey League team.
    More Details Hide Details At his very first game, he scored a hat trick, and by his second year, Modano was part of the WHL All-Star Team.
  • 1984
    Age 13
    In the 1984-85 season, Modano scored 50 goals and 50 assists on the way to win the USA Hockey National Championship in 1985.
    More Details Hide Details As a child Modano decided to pick the number 9 for his jersey in an homage to both Ted Williams, an idol of his Boston Red Sox fan father, and the Red Wings' own Gordie Howe.
  • 1983
    Age 12
    Modano was the second American to be selected first overall in the draft, after Brian Lawton in 1983; since then Bryan Berard (1995), Rick DiPietro (2000), Erik Johnson (2006), Patrick Kane (2007), and Auston Matthews (2016) have also been taken first overall.
    More Details Hide Details Contract problems lead Modano to play one more season with the Raiders.
  • 1970
    Born on June 7, 1970.
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