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The all-time highest scoring American-born player in the National Hockey League, Mike Modano was a smooth skating forward who spent 17 seasons in the NHL. He was selected first overall, the pick of the Minnesota North Stars, at the 1988 NHL Entry Draft. Modano made his NHL debut during the 1989-80 season. The North Stars left Minnesota for Dallas and were re-branded as the Stars prior to the 1993-94 season, with Modano helping to sell NHL hockey in Texas. The Stars finished first in the Central Division in 1996-97, reached the Conference final in 1998 and then, won the Stanley Cup in 1999. Modano led the Stars in scoring through the post-season with 23 points, in spite of playing with a broken wrist suffered in Game Two of the final against the Buffalo Sabres. In many ways, Mike Modano was the face of the North Stars/Stars franchise. He had 16 seasons scoring 20 or more goals, including 9 with 30 or more, plus a superb 50-goal season in 1993-94. Twice, including that 1993-94 season, he recorded 93 points. He was selected to the NHL’s Second All-Star Team in 2003, and played in eight All-Star Games. After 21 seasons in the NHL, Mike Modano announced his retirement from hockey in September 2011. Mike Modano collected 1,374 points (561 goals and 813 assists) through 1,499 regular season NHL games. He added 146 points (58 goals and 88 assists) in 176 NHL playoff games. He holds NHL records for most regular season goals and most regular season points by an American-born player, as well as the most playoff points by an American-born player.