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Hockey pro, Mike Modano, was born on June 7, 1970, in Livonia, Michigan. Modano is the all-time goal-scoring and points leader amongst American-born players in the NHL. He is the alternate captain for the Dallas Stars.
Mike Modano was selected by the Minnesota North Stars as the first overall draft pick in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, an honor shared by only 5 other Americans: Brian Lawton (1983), Bryan Berard (1995), Rick DiPietro (2000), Erik Johnson (2006) and Patrick Kane (2007). Modano's first career NHL goal was scored against Glenn Healy of the New York Islanders.
Mike Modano won the Stanley Cup in 1999 with the Stars, putting together consecutive seasons of over twenty playoff points in 1999 and 2000. He has also played in the 1991 and 2000 Stanley Cup finals. Modano has also been a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy (1990), the Frank J. Selke Trophy (2001), and the Lady Byng Trophy (2003). He controversially lost the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded to the year's best rookie, to 31-year-old Sergei Makarov, who had already played professionally for the Russian Super League for over 12 years; because of this, the NHL imposed an age barrier for Calder candidates the following year. Modano's best statistical seasons were in 1992–93 and 1993–94, when he had 93 points each. During the 1993–94 season, the franchise's first in Dallas, Modano recorded a personal-best 50 goals. His career high for points in a game is 6 (2–4–6) against the Anaheim Ducks. Modano has 7 career hat tricks. Modano's only career fight was against Rod Brind'Amour. The long-time face of the Dallas franchise, he has recorded over 1,000 NHL points and became the captain of the Stars in 2003. During the 2005 offseason, Modano contemplated signing with the Boston Bruins, but decided to stay with the Dallas Stars after owner Tom Hicks got involved.
On August 5, 2005, Modano signed a 5-year contract extension with Dallas. On September 29, 2006, he was replaced as the Stars' captain by Brenden Morrow, and is now an alternate captain, a role in which he had previously served from 1995 to 2003.
Mike Modano scored his 500th career regular-season goal on March 13, 2007 with 10:24 left in the 3rd period in a regulation win against Antero Niittymaki of the Philadelphia Flyers with assists by Antti Miettinen and Jon Klemm. He is only the 14th goal scorer to score 500 goals with a single team and the 39th player to reach 500 goals overall.
Modano also holds the NHL all-time record for most points scored by a U.S. born player. He broke the record, which previously belonged to Phil Housley, on November 7, 2007 by scoring two goals in the first five minutes, with the record-breaker being a short-handed goal on a breakaway, against the San Jose Sharks. That night, amongst his congratulatory phone calls was one from Air Force One, U.S. President George W. Bush spoke to him for a few minutes about the record.
Modano has indicated in interviews that he intends to play out the duration of his current contract, which expires after the 2009–2010 season. After doing so, he will take his career on a year-to-year basis, move into a front office position with the Stars similar to Co-General Manager Brett Hull, or move on without hockey altogether.
Mike Modano is the founder and current Vice President of the Mike Modano Foundation, Inc., which raises awareness and funding for organizations offering education and assistance to children and families affected by child abuse. Moreover, since the start of his NHL career, Modano has affiliated many times with both charitable organizations and the Texas community in general.