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Willa Ford to Mike Modano: Join Detroit to stick it to Dallas

Aug 6, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

100806_WillaFord.jpgOn a day where the Red Wings were beyond excited to introduce Mike Modano as the newest member of the Detroit Red Wings, you had to figure that somewhere a story about his signing with one of the Dallas Stars’ biggest rivals was going to pop up discussing the reasons for doing so. Having that story come from Mike Modano’s wife, Willa Ford was an unexpected turn of events.

Mlive.com’s Ansar Khan got the low-down from the part-time pop star and actress turned hockey wife and Stars fans might have someone to finally point their anger over Modano’s departure towards.

Mike Modano holds no grudges towards the Dallas Stars for not re-signing him, but he admits their decision not to bring him back will motivate him this season.

His wife, Mandy, an actress who goes by the stage name Willa Ford, seems even more motivated.

“I think it was more so on my wife’s radar than anything,” Modano said. “She wanted me to go play, and especially in Detroit to kind of shove it up everybody’s … you know.

“That was her precise words and she felt it was a great opportunity to do that in Detroit and loved the Red Wings and knew it was one of our rivals. She felt going in there and having the chance to play with good players was a real good opportunity.”

While we’ve seen other sports have their fair share of high-profile wives (pitcher Kris Benson’s wife Anna comes to mind) and the NHL has more than enough starlet girlfriends/wives (Hillary Duff with Mike Comrie and Carrie Underwood with Mike Fisher) having said spouse come out in such a feisty manner is something completely new for the NHL. Even going back to the days of Wayne Gretzky and Janet Jones, she never really spoke out about Wayne playing in Edmonton although The Great One being dealt to Los Angeles worked out pretty well for her modeling/acting career.

To have her speak out so as to want her husband to join Detroit solely to “shove it up Dallas’ you-know-what”… That’s the kind of smack-talk we enjoy seeing around these parts. While I doubt we’ll see Willa Ford get the same kind of treatment by television cameras that Kate Hudson got during the 2009 World Series while rooting for her then-boyfriend Alex Rodriguez, we can only imagine that Mrs. Modano’s trip to Dallas for the Wings game with the Stars on October 14th might be a bit uncomfortable with her getting booed in the press box will be prime footage for the folks in Texas.

  1. puck_watcher - Aug 6, 2010 at 9:51 PM

    “She felt going in there and having the chance to play with good players was a real good opportunity.”
    Way to burn bridges! She’s such an idiot! I hope she chokes on those words and if they ever come back to Dallas, all the players and their wives give her the stink-eye.

  2. Anonymous - Aug 6, 2010 at 10:00 PM

    Agreed!!!

  3. Happy Girl - Aug 7, 2010 at 1:21 AM

    stick this you talentless bimbo – Stars fans deserve better than what we’ve gotten lately.

  4. DetroitRockCity - Aug 7, 2010 at 2:23 AM

    How’s this even a story?
    Dallas told Modano to kick rocks and he chose to play for a team that makes his former team look like a high school squad.

  5. MaryT - Aug 7, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    Stars loss is the Wings gain. So what if his wife has something to say about it? It’s a free country, she’s allowed to say anything she wants. I think I’ll join in with Mrs. Modano and give a big “SHOVE IT” to Dallas and their fans.

  6. Goaliebob - Aug 7, 2010 at 8:10 PM

    I am a Modano fan and I hope that he takes it to Newendyck(sp). Some friend/teammate he turned out to be. Throw your former teammate to the wolves because you’re some big front office man. Just like is the real work world there is no longer any type of loyalty. Screw the stars.

  7. Georgeanna Hebert - Aug 8, 2010 at 10:08 AM

    You go girl! Stupid, stupid, stupid… Niewy and the Stars! They let the last franchise player in the NHL go… highest American all points leader… He made the Stars and they won’t offer him a one year deal to really retire in Dallas… stupid Stars. I was a 3 years season ticket holder when the Stars won the cup and now I’m retired and live in Las Vegas and subscribe to NHL Center Ice, so I don’t miss Stars games… well, now I’ll watch every Detroit Red Wings games and to hell with the Stars! I hope Mo & the Wings stick it to the stars each & every game this season!

  8. DanH - Aug 13, 2010 at 10:33 PM

    MaryT, obviously your statements of “SHOVE IT” should be directed to the Stars organization, not the fans. I will be at the home opener wearing a Modano #90 jersey. No one in Dallas is happy about what happened, but this isn’t all roses. You’re getting a player who decided he wasn’t going to go to practice and only play in games. I doubt that’s going to fly in Detroit, and I hope he has a renaissance season. People in Dallas will be cheering for him, but not the red wings.

  9. dcummings - Aug 23, 2010 at 12:53 AM

    People get up tight about a signing of a retireing player like Mike Mo.He will be another fill in on the 3rd line and people are upset.Season is’nt serious till Jan anyway so quit crying about it.Then with his disable time he might not last.a

  10. KDog - Aug 25, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    Good for Dallas. The Stars organization has been nothing but amicable to Modano, and so has their fans.
    Although he was there to raise the cup, he has done nothing lately. It’s as if he retired a couple seasons ago, and just shows up for the exercise.
    Dallas is going in a new and brighter direction, and the fans deserve it.
    A losing hockey team in Texas, is a dying hockey team in Texas. Why do we have a hockey team in Texas again?

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