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Report: Modano expected to headline 2012 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame class

Jul 10, 2012, 3:17 PM EDT

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According to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, Mike Modano is “expected to be among the names announced” when the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame names its 2012 inductees on Wednesday.

If accurate, the decision won’t be much of a surprise. The 42-year-old is the all-time goals and points leader among American-born NHL players.

Modano also routinely represented the U.S. internationally, winning a gold medal at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey and a silver medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Modano retired after an injury-riddled 2010-11 season in Detroit. He’d signed with the Wings at age 40 after spending 20 years with the Minnesota/Dallas organization and still remains the Stars’ all-time leader in goals, assists, points and games played.

Built in 1973, the U.S. HHOF honors outstanding coaches, players, builders and administrators that contributed to the success and promotion of American Hockey.

Last year’s inductees included NHL on NBC analyst Mike “Doc” Emrick along with ex-NHLers Keith Tkachuk, Jeremy Roenick and Gary Suter. Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider was also inducted.

As for the 2012 class, other possible inductees (based on who finished their playing careers in 2011) include Doug Weight, Chris Drury and Brian Rafalski.

  1. credible316 - Jul 10, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    How can they induct an existing player? He’s lacing them up for the Wild!!!

  2. northstars17 - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    he is a LEGEND!!!

    PS. madono is not playing for the wild you retard!!

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:04 AM

      north, obviously you are right that Modano does not play for the Wild, but you earned a down-thumb for name-calling, which is always rude and never helpful to a conversation. To earn respect it is best to show respect. Just point out the error and correct it.

  3. greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 10, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Not to mention his short acting career in the mighty ducks movie

  4. florida76 - Jul 10, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Mike Modano is definitely best remembered for his time as a Dallas Star, not Minnesota North Star, there’s a significant difference. In fact, Modano only played roughly 320 of his 1500 NHL games in Minnesota, so it was the fans of Dallas who saw the overwhelming majority of Modano’s career, including the Cup win.

    Difficult to fathom Minnesota has only the puny amount of one HOF player who spent the bulk of their career with Minnesota.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:09 AM

      LOL you couldn’t be more wrong. Might want to check your facts. The US Hockey Hall of Fame is made up roughly of Minnesotans. Most likely, a large part of their careers in some where with the Minnesota North Stars. Your apparently just a clueless bum from Florida who knows nothing about hockey.

  5. mydadyourmom - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Hahaha there is a US hockey hall of fame?

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