To Retire or Not to Retire, that is the Question: Thoughts on Modano

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Modano has always been the face of the Dallas Stars, but will that soon end? (Source:Yardbarker.com)
Mike Modano. You can’t say that name without thinking about the Dallas Stars and what Mo has been for this team for so many years. Not only to just this team, but also the city of Dallas. Modano gave a team moving to an area where hockey was not popular a face, a star player, and someone for many young players and fans. Modano gave the fans a young budding star to cheer for and watch spend his whole career with the same organization. That is not something you see anymore in sports 99% of the time, a guy that will turn down trades and possibly even more money to spend his whole career with the organization that he loves and has grown in. But not only has Modano done so much for the game of hockey in the DFW area and Texas, he has also been one of, if not, the biggest names in American hockey over the last 20 years. Mo has been one of the best players for Team U.S.A. during his career, he has played in international tournaments and Olympics, and has again been a player that has inspired and encouraged the continuing growth of hockey in the states. We now see young players or kids playing in the juniors and college levels coming up saying their favorite player was Mike Modano. There are young American born players in the league that will say that Mo was one of the players they looked up to growing up playing hockey.
But we are slowly approaching a day that will be hard for many fans and Modano himself. Mike is 39 years old and is only getting closer to the day that he will lace ‘em up for the last time. It could be this year, as he plans to return from appendectomy this weekend as the Stars host the the Oilers Friday night and Mo plans to play the Stars last 5 games of the season. Or maybe Modano comes back and decides to play one more year like this year, spending his time with the 3rd or 4th line. But Modano has dealt with a couple minor injuries this year and is not getting younger. So now the question becomes, what should Modano do. I do not think we will find out anything until at least a little while after the season. But for many long-time Modano fans, seeing him skate these last two weeks may be the last time ever we see him skate for his beloved Dallas Stars.
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