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Modano's career comes full-circle

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings
DETROIT – Mike Modano’s hockey career came full-circle on Friday when the Red Wings introduced him at a press conference at Joe Louis Arena.

Modano, who grew-up in suburban Detroit, and first played for the Little Caesars Amateur Hockey Association when he was nine-years-old, is back with Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch, who founded the youth organization in 1979.

During Friday’s press conference in the Olympia Club, Ilitch credited the new Red Wing center for getting him his first hockey championship when Modano’s Little Caesars team won a national midget tournament in Rhode Island in 1985. Since then Ilitch has won four Stanley Cup championships with the Red Wings.

“I had him as an amateur, that was great,” Ilitch said. “He won me my first midget national championship and we went nuts. I mean in all of America … we were the best.”

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