ST. PAUL - The National Hockey League's (NHL) Minnesota Wild today announced the organization has named Mike Modano Executive Advisor.
In this newly created position, Modano will work directly with President Matt Majka and Owner Craig Leipold on a number of initiatives relating to the team's sales, corporate partnerships and community relations efforts. He will begin his new role with the Wild on Sept. 1.
"We are extremely excited to welcome Mike Modano to the Minnesota Wild organization," said Leipold. "His Hall of Fame career was one of the best in the history of the NHL and we look forward to Mike helping our organization build an even greater State of Hockey."
"I am very thankful for this opportunity and excited to work with Craig and Matt to help support a number of Minnesota Wild business initiatives," said Modano. "I have always felt a special relationship with this community and look forward to reconnecting with all the wonderful fans in the State of Hockey as a member of the Wild organization."
Modano tallied 561 goals, 813 assists and 1,374 points in 1,499 career NHL games during 21 seasons with the Minnesota North Stars, Dallas Stars and Detroit Red Wings (1988-2011). The former first overall pick in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft by the North Stars ranks first in NHL history in goals scored and points by an American-born player. Modano was a member of the Dallas Stars team that won the 1999 Stanley Cup and had his sweater No. 9 retired by the Stars organization on March 8, 2014. The seven-time NHL All-Star was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2014 and the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012.
The native of Livonia, Mich., represented the United States at 11 international tournaments including the 1998, 2002 (silver medal) and 2006 Olympic Games, the 1996 World Cup of Hockey (gold medal) and served as team captain of Team USA at the 2005 IIHF World Championship.
Modano previously served as an Executive Advisor and Alternate Governor with the Dallas Stars for two seasons (2013-15).
He and his wife, Allison, have two daughters, Kate and Reese, and two sons, Jack and Luca.