Mike Modano returned to the Dallas Stars organization in 2013 as an executive advisor and alternate governor after one of the most illustrious careers in NHL history. In his role with the club, Modano works with Owner Tom Gaglardi and President Jim Lites on all initiatives relating to the Dallas Stars Ownership Advisory Group, Dallas Stars broadcasts, and corporate partnership endeavors.
The Livonia, Michigan native was named to the Hockey Hall of Fame on June 23, 2014 and will be inducted on Nov. 17 in Toronto. He is the all-time leading American-born scorer, amassing 561 goals, 813 assists, totaling 1,374 points in 1,499 career NHL games. Aside from his impressive overall career stats, he is the Dallas Stars franchise leader in nearly every category, including games played (1,459), goals (557), assists (802), points (1,359), game-winning goals (92), power play goals (156), and short-handed tallies (29). He is also the franchise leader in playoff games played (174), goals (56), assists (87) and overall points (143). The seven-time NHL All-Star, and 2012 United States Hockey Hall of Fame inductee helped lead the Dallas Stars to two consecutive Stanley Cup Final appearances, and was a key reason the team captured the 1999 Stanley Cup.
Modano represented Team USA on 11 different occasions across three decades, including the 2002 and 2006 Olympic Winter Games. He was also apart of the U.S. Men’s National Team that captured the silver medal at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and helped Team USA to a gold medal finish at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.
His contributions reached beyond the ice, as he is credited with helping to grow the game of hockey in the State of Texas. When the Stars first arrived to Dallas in 1993, there were fewer than 250 recreational hockey players and just five sheets of ice in the Metroplex. Today, there are over 5,000 recreational hockey players, playing on over 20 sheets of ice in the area. Continuing his commitment to growing the game, during the 2013-14 season, Modano worked closely with the Dallas Stars Foundation and Stars executives on a program to introduce ice hockey to children in the Metroplex with the debut of his Little Rookies program. Little Rookies is a four-week program that allows children ages 4-8 to experience ice hockey at no cost to the family. In its first year, over 30% of Little Rookies participants decided to enroll in another hockey program. It was so successful; it expanded to the Austin area in the spring of 2014. This fall, the program will also be offered in Houston and College Station.
Selected by the Minnesota North Stars as the first overall pick in 1988, Modano announced his retirement from the NHL after 21 seasons on Sept. 23, 2011. The Dallas Stars have permanently retired his iconic No. 9 at a ceremony at American Airlines Center on March 8, 2014.