Around 4:00 PM yesterday, the NHL announced the 2014 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees, and one of the 6 names on the list was our very own Mike Modano!
Mike Modano, the GREATEST American born hockey player of all time, was nervous leading up to it and wasn’t sure if his career would speak enough for his case. But it prevailed and sent him straight to “Cloud 9″ (haha get it? I crack myself up). Modano played his entire career, except for 40 games where he was a member of the Detroit Red Wings, with the North Stars/Stars organization. He ended his career with 1 Stanley Cup under his belt, which is of course the ultimate goal of all hockey players. He finished 1 game shy of 1,500 career starts, and an outstanding tally of 561 goals and 813 assists. He became the franchise tag of the Dallas Stars as we all know and will forever be remembered with his name and number hanging over the Stars ice for eternity.
But, I wanted to bring up something that really made Mike Modano my favorite Star of all time. I wanted to bring up something that I was able to experience and comprehend. See, I wanted to talk about Mike Modano’s final game in a Stars uniform and his final game where he called Big D his home (it always will be).
I’m talking about the Stars game against the Anaheim Ducks on April 8th, 2010. This game was a true replay of Modano’s career and the ultimate sendoff for Mr. Star. He played hero after an emotional in-arena celebration of Modano’s career in front of a sold-out crowd, all chanting for Modano to play one more year (except they were probably wanting him to play one more year for the Stars). Here’s a look at the hall-of-famers final game in black at the AAC. Just to prepare you, it WILL make you cry, so get ready. Love ya, Mikey and thanks for the memories! You’ll forever be THE Dallas Star. Here’s the clip and *sniff sniff* GO STARS: