On a day when everyone voiced their displeasure over Facebook’s new changes, NHL unrestricted free agent Mike Modano used the platform to announce his retirement after 21 seasons. Obviously, sports reporters had little trouble finding his update in the new-style news feed.
Drafted by Minnesota in the 1988 NHL Draft, Modano spent most of his season with the (North) Stars in Minnesota and Dallas, where he won his only Stanley Cup in 1999. The seven-time All Star finished his career last year with the Detroit Red Wings, but was limited to just 15 points over 40 games on account of injuries. He was just one game shy of having played 1,500 NHL games.
Modano leaves behind an amazing legacy as the all-time top scoring U.S.-born player in goals and assists (561 and 813 respectively) and as a silver medalist for Team USA in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. I always admired him for his quiet leadership and the fact that he chose to play for as long as he did in a non-traditional hockey market like Dallas.
Join me after the jump for a little tribute to Mike, complete with a musical salute from a band that also decided to “retire” today.
Today was an especially sad one for me (and Games Mistress, and likely Maggiesox too) upon learning that my all-time favourite band, R.E.M., also decided to call it a day after 31 years of making beautiful music. My biggest regret is never having seen them live, but I feel comforted knowing that they’ve parted ways on the friendliest of terms, and you don’t see that every day in a band. So we’ll send this one out to Michael, Mike and Peter, as well as Mike Modano, and those of you who will miss them all. I was in middle school when I first heard – and fell in love – with this song, and “Document” remains one of my all-time favourite albums: