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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The first overall pick in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, made by the Minnesota North Stars, is heading to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
The 2012 Hall of Fame class was announced Wednesday and the three-member class included Mike Modano, a longtime member of the franchise that moved from Minnesota to Dallas.
The Livonia, Mich., native is considered by many as one of the top American-born players ever to play the game. Modano retired as the all-time goal-scoring (561) and points (1374) leader amongst American-born players in the NHL.
In four seasons in Minnesota, Modano played 317 regular season games and 37 playoff games. During the North Stars' run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1991, Modano tallied eight goals and 12 assists in the postseason.
Modano had career years in during the 1992-93 and 1993-94 seasons, scoring 93 points in each. During 1992-93 season, the team's last in Minnesota, Modano collected a career-high 60 assists in 82 games. The following season in Dallas, Modano scored a career-high 50 goals.
He spent 20 years of his 21-year career in a Stars sweater. Modano won a Stanley Cup in Dallas in 1999 and played on three Olympic teams, claiming a silver medal with the Americans in 1996.
Modano will be joined by 20-year veteran and current NHL on NBC analyst Eddie Olczyk and New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. Lamoriello also served as general manager for Team USA in the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, a team that won the gold medal with Modano playing on it.
The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum is in Eveleth, Minn. Modano, Olczyk and Lamoriello will be formally installed into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame this fall with a location and date to be announced in the near future. There are 153 enshrined members in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame which was founded in 1973.
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