Mike Modano has announced his decision to retire today… on Twitter. While that in itself says a lot about where our society is at, the more important fact to take from this is that the greatest American-born player in hockey history is hanging up his skates.
“After a long summer of thinking about my future, I’ve come to the decision that it’s time to retire as a player from the NHL,” Mo said via Facebook and Twitter. “There’s way too many people to thank here at this time and too much to say, so I have a press conference scheduled for early Friday afternoon. Check back Friday late afternoon for more. What a great ride it’s been!”
We all mourn the loss of an amazing player but more importantly an amazing Dallas Star. Modano spent all but one of his 21 seasons in a Stars uniform and while we hated to see him go to the hated Red Wings last season, we understood that he was passionate about hockey and needed another year on the ice. But, as much as Mike Modano did for the Stars and for hockey in Texas, he did even more for hockey in America as a whole. Ushering in a whole new generation of hockey players in the United States. And his contributions to USA hockey have not gone unnoticed:
Bobby Ryan, Anaheim Ducks:
“Congrats to Mike Modano on a great career! The reason I picked number 9! What an awesome player, thanks for showing young Americans the way!”
James van Riemsdyk, Philadelphia Flyers:
“Congrats to mike modano on a great career, did alot of great things for hockey in the US over his career.”
Brett Hull to The Hockey News:
“The greatest American player ever, I don’t think there’s one better. He’s by far No. 1.”
As stated, Modano will hold an official press conference on Friday on his retirement and will likely answer some questions about his future moving forward, which I think we all hope is going to end up with him back in Dallas sporting a suit and tie rather than the legendary #9.
So until we see his number in the rafters, lets all watch this video and remember Mike as a Dallas Star and one of the most dynamic players the franchise will ever see.