Mike Modano Heading to the Hall of Fame
Mike Modano was the first overall pick in the 1988 NHL draft, and was selected by the Dallas Stars. On Monday November 17th, the NHL Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place, as Modano will be honored along with Rob Blake, Peter Forsberg, Dominik Hasek, Pat Burns, and Bill McCreary.
Modano scored the most goals ever by an American-born player, winning the Stanley Cup and a silver Olympic medal. He played in 1,499 games, had 561 goals, 813 assists and ended his career with 1,374 points.
The North Stars moved to Dallas before the 1993-94 season and became known as the Dallas Stars. Mike Modano is the reason hockey became popular in Texas. Winning the Stanley Cup in 1999 against the Buffalo Sabres, and than returning to the Finals in 200 against the New Jersey Devils was one of the most exciting streaks in NHL history.
In an interview with ESPN, Brett Hull recalled Modano’s speed on the ice. “Sitting on the bench and watching him skate with the puck and do the incredible things at such high speed, was awe-striking. Your jaw would drop and you’d go, ‘holy crap, how did he do that?’ Because I was basically the opposite.”
Joe Micheletti, MSG Network’s New York Rangers analyst, has a relationship with Modano, as he is married to his daughter Allison and had some kind words. “I just think that the person he is outweighs anything he did as a player. I mean, he’s one of the greatest players that ever lived. He treats people the way they’re supposed to be treated. He’s a Hall of Fame person.”
Congratulations to Mike Modano, a 2014 NHL Hall of Fame Inductee.