Mike Modano returns to the Dallas Stars organization as an executive advisor and alternate governor after one of the most illustrious careers in the history of the NHL. In his new role with the club, Modano will work with owner Tom Gaglardi and President and CEO Jim Lites on all initiatives relating to the Dallas Stars Ownership Advisory Group, Dallas Stars broadcasts, and corporate partnership endeavors.
The Livonia, Michigan native 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 twenty sheets of ice in the area.
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 announced they will permanently retire his sweater number (#9) at a ceremony at American Airlines Center on March 8, 2014.