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06/23/2014

The last stop for Mike Modano

Mike-modanoIt was merely a formality, but the best player in the history of the Dallas Stars and arguably the finest-born American player ever will soon join the best players in the history of the game.

Dallas Stars center Mike Modano has been elected to join the Hockey Hall of Fame's 2014 class.

Modano will join goalie Dominik Hasek, forward Peter Forsberg, defenseman Rob Blake, late coach Pat Burns and NHL referee Bill McCreary in the class that will be inducted on November 17, 2014. All of these guys were no-brainer picks.

As a footnote:

Modano's Stars defeated Hasek's Buffalo Sabres in the 1999 Stanley Cup Finals.
Modano's Stars defeated Forsberg's Colorado Avalance in Game 7 of both the 1999 and 2000 Western Conference Finals at Reunion Arena in Dallas.

Modano is the highest scoring American-born player in NHL history with 561 goals, 813 assists and a total of 1,374 points and 1,499 games.

He has already been inducted to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, the American Hockey Hall of Fame, had his no. 9 retired by the Stars earlier this year in a ceremony at the American Airlines Center, and now will join his sports' highest honor.

With the exception of winning a gold medal in the Olympics for Team USA - he won silver in Salt Lake City in '02 - Mike Modano achieved damn near everything a hockey player could.

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