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Modano headlines 2019 IIHF Hall of Fame class

Top United States-born scorer in NHL history among eight to be inducted, including Satan, Palffy, Johansson @NHLdotcom

Mike Modano, the leading United States-born scorer in NHL history, is one of eight members of the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame Class of 2019.

Modano, born in Livonia, Michigan, finished his 21-season NHL career with 1,374 points (561 goals, 813 assists). 

Selected by the Minnesota North Stars with the No. 1 pick of the 1988 NHL Draft, he played 1,499 games with the North Stars, Dallas Stars and Detroit Red Wings. He also had 146 points (58 goals, 88 assists) in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, most among U.S.-born players, in 176 games.

Modano helped Dallas win the Stanley Cup in 1999 and reach the Final in 2000. He also helped the United States win the World Cup in 1996 and a silver medal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.

He retired after the 2010-11 season and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2014.

Among those joining Modano in the Class of 2019 are former NHL forwards Miroslav Satan and Ziggy Palffy; women's hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser; Boris Alexandrov, who helped the Soviet Union win the gold medal at the 1976 Innsbruck Olympics; Jorgen Jonsson, who helped Sweden win the Olympic gold medal in 1994 and 2006; Konstantin Mihaylov, a goalie who played for Bulgaria at 28 World Championship tournaments; and former USA Hockey executive Jim Johannson, who won the Paul Loicq Award for outstanding contributions to the IIHF and international hockey.

Satan won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009. He had 735 points (363 goals, 372 assists) in 1,050 games with the Edmonton Oilers, Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders, Penguins and Boston Bruins. He helped Slovakia win the 2002 IIHF World Championship and finish second in 2000 and 2012.

Palffy had 713 points (329 goals, 384 assists) in 684 games with the Islanders, Los Angeles Kings and Penguins. He played in the NHL All-Star Game three times and was teammates with Satan on Slovakia's World Championship teams in 2002 and 2003.

Wickenheiser, the assistant director of player development for the Toronto Maple Leafs, helped Canada win the gold medal at the Olympics four times, and she's the all-time leading scorer among women's hockey players at the Olympics with 51 points in 26 games. 

Johannson, who won the Lester Patrick Trophy for contributions to hockey in the United States in 2018, died at age 53 on Jan. 21, 2018. He started with USA Hockey in 2000, and during his tenure the United States won the gold medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship four times (2004, 2010, 2013, 2017). He also was involved in selecting players for men's international teams from the under-18 championship to the Olympics in 2010, 2014 and 2018.

The induction ceremony will be held in Bratislava, Slovakia, on May 26, during the 2019 IIHF World Championship.

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