NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman released the following statement Wednesday on Mike Modano
, the all-time leading American-born scorer who announced his retirement earlier in the day:
"We thank Mike for giving National Hockey League fans 21 years of thrills with his speed, his skill, his craftsmanship and his class. Mike also excelled on the international stage, representing the NHL and USA Hockey with great distinction. We congratulate this great representative of the game on an outstanding career and wish him the very best in the future."