Mike Modano has made the decision to retire from the National Hockey League at the age of 41 after 21 seasons, 561 goals, 1,374 points and a Stanley Cup Championship.
Mike made the announcement himself via Twitter and a message on his Facebook page
"After a long summer of thinking about my future, I've come to the decision that it's time to retire as a player from the NHL. There's way too many people to thank here at this time and too much to say, so I have a press conference scheduled for early Friday afternoon. Check back Friday late afternoon for more. What a great ride it's been!" [Facebook]
The Dallas Stars confirmed on air with the Norm Hitzges show as an interview with Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan was concluding and the press conference figures to be a Dallas Stars affair, so some affiliation with the team in conjunction with this announcement seems to be in the works (I could be wildly wrong here). We'll try to figure out the details as move along here, but we've been under the impression that the current CBA prevents an actual "one day" contract being signed, as has been talked about so much by the fan base, so that he could retire a Dallas Star.
Mike Modano is the greatest player this franchise has ever seen or will ever see. He is the greatest American born player to ever lace up a pair of skates. He built his tremendous offensive numbers during the clutching and grabbing of the mid and late 1990's, bought into playing defense under Bob Gainey and Ken Hitchcock, brought the Stanley Cup to Dallas in 1999, and was as singularly responsible for growing the game of hockey in North Texas as anyone possibly could be.
Much has been said about Mike Modano's career in the space and much more will be soon, no doubt. For now we can all move past the way it ended here and that unfortunate bit in the red jersey, and start to put a tremendously succesful, classy career into perspective, while hoping at the same time that his affiliation with the Dallas Stars has many more productive years to come.
Congratulations, Mike Modano, on a hall of fame career, and thanks for all the memories.