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Modano nervous as Hall of Fame verdict looms

Jun 22, 2014, 3:47 PM EDT

Mike Modano AP

On Monday, the 18 members of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee will vote on who should be inducted and for the first time, former Dallas Stars captain Mike Modano is eligible to get in.

“It’s the last (honor), and it’s the biggest,” Modano told the Dallas Morning News. “Yeah, it’s a little nerve-wracking.”

Along with Dominik Hasek and Peter Forsberg, Modano is a favorite to garner the 14 votes (75%) necessary to be part of the 2014 class, but the way he sees it, nothing is certain until the votes have been tallied. As he put it, once he got to the NHL, making the Hall of Fame shifted from being a boyhood dream to something that seemed too big to fully grasp.

“I think winning a Cup is different because it’s such a team thing, and winning an individual award is great, but it’s for one season,” Modano said. “This is for your entire career, so it’s a lot to think about.”

When he retired, he was closing the book on a 1,499-game career that was highlighted by his Stanley Cup championship with the Dallas Stars in 1999. Modano only made the top-10 in the scoring race in three seasons and never did better than eighth place, but he was a consistent contributor and ranks 23rd on the all-time points list with 1,374 as a result.

  1. desertfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    A SHOCK if he is not in on first time available.

  2. gbatap - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Best American born player ever and had as much impact on bringing hockey to the south as Gretzky. This vote is a no brainer.

  3. avscup - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Relax Mike. It’s really pretty simple. If they mess this up they should be ashamed. I think everyone on the planet knows you belong in the HOF!

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 22, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      I think it not unreasonable that he might be nervous about what to say after he learns he has been elected, and then in his speech in November in Toronto, but as for the actually getting elected part, not so much.

      • avscup - Jun 22, 2014 at 10:07 PM

        Perhaps. He’s pretty cool though. I just don’t see any doubt he belongs.

  4. Hard to BeLeaf - Jun 22, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Modano should be a lock to make it in. Amazing stats for a guy who played through the “fat goalie pad era”.

  5. hardkor07mn - Jun 22, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Hey, Avscup and I agree for a change. Should be a shoe in on his first ballot.

  6. braddavery - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    If Mark Recchi doesn’t make it first-ballot, the HHOF is a sham.

    • braddavery - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      If Peter freaking Forsberg gets in and Recchi doesn’t, I’m boycotting the HHOF. That would be a joke. Forsberg was a great player, but he can’t touch Recchi’s statistical, playoff and Stanley Cup accomplishments. It’s not even close.

      • braddavery - Jun 23, 2014 at 1:01 PM

        Forsberg was great in the playoffs, when he was able to play. The dude was hurt SO much. Recchi was a major contributor for 3 DIFFERENT Stanley Cup winners! Dude was a beast! That along with the fact he has more than double of the most meaningful regular season statistics than Forsberg. Forsberg in and no Recchi would be a joke.

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