561 regular season goals
813 regular season assists
One Stanley Cup
One World Cup title
One Olympic silver medal
One induction into the USA Hockey Hall of Fame
Now, Mike Modano will be forever enshrined with the greatest hockey players and minds of all time as he will take his spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto this coming November.
Modano, the most prolific American-born scorer will join Rob Blake, Peter Forsberg, Dominik Hasek from the player's category along with Pat Burns and Bill McCreary from the builder and official category.
We will provide more at the conclusion of the Hockey Hall of Fame conference call.
"It was an absolutely amazing phone call to receive," Modano said regarding receiving the phone call from the Hall of Fame. "I'm speechless with what it means to me. I certainly want to thank the Hall of Fame committee and the fans of Dallas."
Modano added, "This caps off a tremendous career as a player. Without the great players I was blessed to play with, I wouldn't be here today." He spoke very highly of his time in Prince Albert with the Raiders of the WHL. He said that he knew he wanted to play hockey at a higher level and if that was going to happen, he was going to have to leave Livonia and play his junior hockey in Canada. There, he was introduced to Rick Wilson who spent the better part of the beginning of Modano's career mentoring Mike. He was also asked about the opportunity to play in Detroit to end his career. "I am thankful for the opportunity," Mike said, " to play in front of my family and friends." He mentioned the Ilitch family who had a major impact on Modano during his influential years leading up to his decision to head to Prince Albert.
StarsInsider.com was able to ask Mike to "rank" his accomplishments now that he has come full circle in his hockey career in regards to winning a Stanley Cup, World Cup and US and Hockey Hall inductions:
This trumps them all. When you retire, you wonder if you made a large enough impact on the game. It never crossed my mind until a couple of weeks ago when more was talked about it and written about it. This is the ultimate recognition from one's peers.
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Once again, congratulations to Mike Modano. Without you, hockey in the south would have withered under the hot, Texas sun.