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Mike Modano Retires from NHL Hockey After 21 Years

Mike Modano, above, retires from NHL hockey after 21 Years, 20 years with the Dallas Stars.

Mike Modano, above, retires from NHL hockey after 21 Years, 20 years with the Dallas Stars.

After 21 years of playing men’s hockey in the National Hockey League, Mike Modano has decided at the age of 41 that it is time to retire. With the record for the leading goal and points scorer all-time for American born players in the NHL, he had 561 goals along with 1,374 points scored in 1,499 games.

Modano, a 6 foot three inch center, played for the Dallas Stars for 20 seasons, and then in the summer of 2010 he signed with the Detroit Red Wings as a free agent. However, he lost a good part of that season when a skate sliced the tendon in his right wrist, and the road back from injury was longer and harder than expected. He played 40 games last season, less than half a season, with only four goals and 15 points.

He was born in Michigan, and although he enjoyed his season in Detroit, and was glad he took that opportunity, he has talked about signing back with Dallas for one day, so that he can retire as a Dallas Star. He had considered playing the upcoming season, but when he got no calls by July, decided that his career was over. In fact the Vancouver Canucks contacted him after he had already made his decision, to see if he would consider joining their organization, but the decision to retire was already made.

Modano has said that he would like to work for the Dallas Stars’ organization, but for now, he should be proud of the records he has achieved in the NHL.

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