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Wings, Modano agree on one-year deal

by John Hahn / Detroit Red Wings
New Red Wing Mike Modano
DETROIT -- Red Wings general manager Ken Holland today announced the club has agreed to terms with center Mike Modano on a one-year contract. In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Modano, 40, is the highest scoring American-born player in National Hockey League history with 1,359 points and will be entering his 21st season. He currently ranks in the top five among active NHL players in 10 separate categories: games played (1,459), goals (557), assists (802), points (1,359), power-play goals (156), shorthanded goals (29), game-winning goals (92), overtime goals (9), and shots on goal (4,194).

Born in Livonia, Michigan, Modano grew-up playing in the Little Caesars Amateur Hockey Association and was the first overall pick in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota North Stars. He began his NHL career in 1990 and tallied 75 points, including 29 goals, en route to being named runner-up in the Calder Trophy race (Sergei Makarov) and earning a spot on the NHL’s All-Rookie Team.

In his 20 NHL seasons with the North Stars and Dallas Stars franchise, Modano was selected to play in the NHL All-Star Game eight times. In 1999, Modano helped lead Dallas to a Stanley Cup Championship, scoring 18 points in the 23-game post-season title run.  

In international competition, Modano has represented the United States in three Olympic Games (1998, 2002 and 2006), winning the silver medal in the 2002 Salt Lake City games, and has competed in three World Championships (1990, 1993 and 2005), two World Cup of Hockey tournaments (1996 and 2004), the 1991 Canada Cup, and two World Junior Championships (1988 and 1989).

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