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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07 June 1970
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Modano celebration expands
Star Telegram- blogs - about 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 years
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Lamoriello, Modano, Olczyk named to U.S. HHOF
Calgary Sun - over 5 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 6 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 6 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.
  • 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.
    In January 2013, Modano became an alternate governor and executive advisor for the Stars' office.
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  • 2012
    Age 41
    In August 2012, Ford and Modano announced that they were divorcing.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
    On June 29, 2010, the Stars announced that Modano would not be re-signed to a contract for the 2010–11 season.
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  • 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.
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    With his production declining from 2007–2010, Modano played out the duration of his contract, which expired after the 2009–10 season.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
    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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
  • 2005
    Age 34
    Modano would sign a five-year contract extension with Dallas on August 5, 2005.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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).
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    Helped by new acquisitions Joe Nieuwendyk and Sergei Zubov, Modano led the Stars to the Central Division title in the 1996-97 NHL season.
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    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.
  • 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.
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    In 1992, Modano signed a four-year extension that made him the highest-paid member of the team, receiving $2 million per year.
  • 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.
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    The North Stars signed Modano on Christmas of 1988, and he joined the team for the 1989–90 season.
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    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.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 1970
    Born on June 7, 1970.
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