Mike Modano, the highest-scoring U.S.-born player in NHL history, formally announced his retirement today, after 21 seasons.
Modano spent 20 of those 21 seasons with the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars franchise.
After a long opening recitation of his career accomplishments by Stars broadcaster Ralph Strangis and a highlight video, GM Joe Nieuwendyk presented Modano with one final Stars contract for him to sign -- a one-year deal valued at $999,999, a reflection of the No. 9 he made famous -- and a Stars jersey.
"You wonder what this day would be like and it feels pretty overwhelming," Modano said, fighting back tears. "I look back at 21 years with one franchise and I think that's what made me the most proud of anything."
The first pick of the 1988 Entry Draft, Modano's name is all over the Stars' record book. He's the franchise's all-time leader in a number of categories, including games played (1,459), goals (557), assists (802) and points (1,359). He's also the franchise's all-time leading playoff scorer, with 145 points in a club-high 174 games.
He's also the all-time leader among U.S.-born players in goals (561) and points (1,374).