Mike Modano

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    November 25, 2011

    Mike Modano Hints at a Return to the Dallas Stars. In the Front Office, Of Course.

    ​Almost two months ago to the day, Mike Modano retired from the National Hockey League as a Dallas Star, after a single ill-fated, injury-shortened season with the Detroit Red Wings. So, then: What now? For the longest time he's made no secret of his desire to move into the front office; he told U ... More >>

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    September 23, 2011

    Mike Modano's Tear-Stained Farewell

    Photos by Mike Mezeul​Mike Modano, the highest-scoring American-born player in the history of the National Hockey League and the face of the Dallas Stars even after he signed to Detroit for a final season, stifled a sob as he bade farewell to those who shaped his legendary career, which included 1 ... More >>

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    September 22, 2011

    Sure Mike Modano Has a Spot on Dallas' Mount Sportsmore. Well, Doesn't He?

    Mike Modano is on Facebook. And out of hockey. The legendary Dallas Star used social media  to announce his retirement from the NHL yesterday, ending a 21-year career as one of the sport's all-time greatest skaters and its most prolific American-born scorer. Feels like we've delivered th ... More >>

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    September 22, 2011

    Mike Modano to Retire a Dallas Star As Club Signs Him to a One-Day Farewell Contract

    Courtesy the Dallas StarsMike Modano and Willa Ford upon No. 9's departure from Dallas last year​Yesterday, upon the occasion of Mike Modano's retirement announcement, several Friends of Unfair Park asked if the Dallas Stars would sign him to a short-lived contract so the single-season Detroit Red ... More >>

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    September 21, 2011

    At Last, Mike Modano to Retire

    Photo by Patrick MichelsMike Modano and Willa Ford at our music awards two years ago​In April 2010, Mike Modano told us he wasn't sure if he was ready to retire. He sure felt like it, he said: "At this point, on this day, I can make the decision: I'm done." But, of course, he wasn't: After a tear- ... More >>

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    December 29, 2010

    So How's Hully & Mo Holding Up Without Mo? A Detroit Sports Writer Offers Her Take

    ​Tonight marks the second time the Detroit Red Wings have come to town since acquiring center Mike Modano, so the Free Press' beat writer last night seized the opportunity to check out the restaurant Modano left behind. Helene St. James veered from sports reporting to food criticism on her b ... More >>

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    December 8, 2010

    After 14 Seasons, All With the Dallas Stars, Jere Lehtinen (Finally) Skates Off Into Retirement

    When we spoke to Mike Modano about his will-he-won't-he-retirement-that-wasn't in April, he had this to say about a certain teammate: "Lehtinen was a real treat to play with, obviously, and what he brought. He played hard and sacrificed his body, and I don't know how much more he has left."Even the ... More >>

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    October 14, 2010

    Hey, Look, it's a UFO! No, Actually, it's an Even Weirder Sight: Mike Modano, Detroit Red Wing

    ​Hell hath officially frozen over. In Arlington, the Texas Rangers are still playing baseball. And in Dallas, Stars fans are now cheering for the Detroit Red Wings. Well, at least one of them. The Stars, off to a 2-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 start or whatever the hell it is these days in the NHL, play ... More >>

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    July 6, 2010

    Say It Ain't So, Mo. Not Them!

    ​It was a far-fetched doomsday scenario. A pointed image intended to conjure just how weird it was going to be around here without Mike Modano. But I never expected it to become, gulp, reality? Mike Modano, Detroit Red Wings? Criiiiiiiiiiinge.  On June 22 that was my wild-ass speculatio ... More >>

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    June 30, 2010

    Mike Modano: The Face of the Franchise

    ​Still trying to wrap my tiny, admittedly perverted sports brain around the Dallas Stars without Mike Modano. Or, even weirder, Modano in another team's sweater. He is now - and perhaps forever - undoubtedbly, undeniably, unequivocally the face of the franchise. Right? Unless, of course, ... More >>

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    June 29, 2010

    Mike Modano Will Not Be a Dallas Star!

    ​Will Mike Modano play hockey next season? Maybe. Will he play as a Dallas Star? Nope. It's official, the Stars no longer want the long-time face of their franchise. As predicted, this is sad.

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    June 22, 2010

    Mike Modano: OUR Star Could Become THEIR Star

    ​After saying that he's 75-percent leaning toward not retiring and playing hockey again next season, all-time star of the Dallas Stars Mike Modano is now thinking the unthinkable - putting on the sweater of another team. Mike Modano, Detroit Red Wings? Criiiiiiiiiiinge. It's still a situ ... More >>

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    June 21, 2010

    Mike Modano is Coming Back?

    After another fascinating True Blood last night, I caught Mike Modano on Fox 4's Sports Sunday with Mike Doocy. Anyone else see this? I could've sworn Modano - who was in studio - said he is strongly leaning toward coming back and playing another season for the Dallas Stars. Didn't jot down t ... More >>

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    May 13, 2010
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    May 6, 2010

    End of an Era? The Top 10 "Players" in the History of Dallas Sports

    If this was Dallas and we needed 10 sports faces, who ya got?​I'm pretty sure one is retiring and one is staying put. But what if in the last month we witnessed the final games in Dallas of icons Mike Modano and Dirk Nowitzki? Modano is likely done as a player for the Dallas Stars, soon to ... More >>

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    April 15, 2010
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    April 8, 2010

    Is This the Last Game in Dallas for Mike Modano?

    ​Don't know what you're doing tonight, but if you want to say goodbye to the face of Dallas hockey you'd better head down to the American Airlines Center. Because tonight's game against the Anaheim Ducks will likely be the last home appearance in the star-studded career of Mike Modano. He arr ... More >>

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    April 7, 2010

    Mike Modano Talks to Unfair Park About Why Tomorrow May -- or May Not -- Be His Last Game at AAC in a Stars Uniform

    A brief history of Mike Modano's career as assembled by the Dallas Stars​The Dallas Stars' season ends Saturday night as it did last year: with a whimper, as once again Tom Hicks's hockey club fails to make the playoffs. Yet it's hard to believe tickets remain for tomorrow night's final game of th ... More >>

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    April 5, 2010

    BREAKING NEWS: Wayne Gretzky Interested in Buying Your Dallas Stars

    ​The greatest hockey player ever is teaming with two of the sport's most iconic local faces in an attempt to buy the Dallas Stars, according to two sources familiar with the organization's current business landscape. With long-time owner Tom Hicks intent on selling the team, a group led by Wa ... More >>

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    March 23, 2010

    Mo's Last Go? The Dallas Stars Are Done and Mike Modano Ain't Far Behind.

    Without Mo around, we're going to have find more excuses to gawk at Mrs. Mo.​This was supposed to be a frenzied hockey year in Dallas. New coach (Marc Crawford), new GM (Joe Nieuwendyk) and renewed optimism. But let's face it, the season got off to a slow start in October and now the Stars ... More >>

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    July 22, 2009

    What You Missed at Last Night's Dallas Observer Music Awards

    Dared to mingle with the younger, hipper, more talented crowd at The Granada last night and bumped into: *Martellus Bennett, who hopped up on staged and rapped like three songs. (Famous brother in tow.) *Mike Modano. (Famous wife in tow.) *Joey Greco. (Famous Cheaters crew in tow.) Fo ... More >>

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    April 10, 2009

    Video of the Week: Last Go For Mo?

    I know other columnists disagree, but I think this is it. Tonight's the final game in the Stars-studded hockey career of Mike Modano. Horrible season. Getting called out. A team-worst minus-14. Only one goal in his last 34 games. Turning 39 in June. Her waiting at home. Just a gut feeling. It's not& ... More >>

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    March 9, 2009

    The Stars' Problem: Mike Nodano?

    1999 seems a millennium ago doesn't it?When we last left the Dallas Stars they were a mediocre, irrelevant team besieged by injuries, struggling to stay around .500 and in the Western Conference playoff hunt while blaming Sean Avery. This morning - after last night's 3-1 loss to the ... More >>

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    February 10, 2009

    Smile Smile Gets In The Valentine's Day Spirit (Not Really), Offers Free Download

    Local indie pop duo Smile Smile, whose long lost love is the thing legend 'round these parts, is offering a free download of its cover of the Foo Fighters' "Walking After You" on its web site in anticipation of its free show on Friday night at the Barley House. Check it out--it's actually pretty go ... More >>

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    January 21, 2009

    Mike Modano Will Drink Your Health Drink. Drink It Up! For the Right Price, Of Course.

    Got a product for Mike Modano to endorse? Because, clearly, he's on the market. Last week, he was spotted looking bored to death in a new N9NE Steakhouse ad. And today comes word that the Dallas Star is shilling for a Grapevine-based "super-nutritious health drink" called VaNu, which, he says in the ... More >>

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    January 20, 2009

    Touchdown, Obama! and other Inauguration Sports Benchmarks

    If you know me, you know the only the reason I'm happy to have George Dubya Bush back in Dallas is because it means he's no longer in Washington, D.C. As I've said all along, he's a good guy. Just a really bad President. But that's ancient history, right? Today we shake the Etch-o-Sketch for a clean ... More >>

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    September 30, 2008

    Jeez, Who Wasn't Invited to the Joule Grand Opening Shindig Friday Night?

    We dangled a teaser photo late yesterday, but thanks to the good people down at Dallas' newest cushy downtown hotel, we've got a dozen more shots from the Joule's opening gala last Friday, which boasted quite the guest list. Not the headiest kind of news, but there's a special kind of satisfaction i ... More >>

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    June 30, 2008

    Modano, Cuban and Irvin Gather For Charity Game That Looked Like Baseball

    Sam Merten Willa you sign these? Mike Modano and the missus in Frisco Saturday, during that celeb charity baseball thing. Temperatures hovering around 100 degrees and the slight chance of rain were likely causes for the lackluster attendance at Saturday night’s Reebok Heroes Celebrity Baseball Ga ... More >>

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    May 14, 2008

    If this is Mike Modano's Swan Song, Will That Mean We'll See Less of Mo'?

    Hmm. Take another cross-check to the ribs or chase the Mrs. around the house? Decisions, decisions. Face it, tonight's Game 4 could be the last game of Mike Modano's Stars-studded career. I know! It's not a guarantee, just a frightening possibility. With Detroit having sucked the drama from the ... More >>

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    April 25, 2008

    Willa She Blog for Us After Hockey Season's Over? Pretty Please?

    Something tells me Mrs. Mike Modano ain't gonna make too many friends amongst San Jose Sharks fans with comments like this one, posted today to her official NHL blog: "The San Jose arena is one of the loudest and most violent crowds that I’ve ever seen in person. It worries me, but for some reason ... More >>

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    April 10, 2008

    Lock It Down? Or Wrappin' It Up?

    Dallas Stars I spent Tuesday out at Dallas Stars practice, which, I know, surprises some of you in that, whaddya know, they’re still playing hockey these days. In preparation for tonight’s Game 1 of their playoff series against the defending champion Anaheim Ducks, I came away with a couple th ... More >>

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    November 26, 2007

    Mike Modano's, Like, Pretty Good?

    If you couldn't make it to the American Airlines Center on Wednesday night, when the Dallas Stars feted Mike Modano for becoming the league's all-time leading American-born scorer -- and, man, that asterisk is a mouthful -- someone has kindly posted to the YouTubes the JumboTron video tribute screen ... More >>

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    November 8, 2007

    "Mike Modano Is America's Greatest Scorer!"

    I thought that was Wilt Chamberlain. Hi-yo. Regardless, in case you missed it, here's Mike Modano last night scoring points 1,232 and 1,233 against the San Jose Sharks, breaking Phil Housley's record for most points raked up by a U.S.-born pro hockey player. Notes Deadspin this morning, "Wayne Gretz ... More >>

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    August 30, 2007

    Poor Mr. Ford

    For some reason, Richie does not approve of Mike Modano's marriage to Willa Ford. Last season Mike Modano had the captain’s “C” ripped off his Dallas Stars sweater. And last week, he apparently had his testicles removed. By his new wife. Watching the newlyweds give a tour of their Dallas home ... More >>

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    June 21, 2007
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    April 18, 2007

    A Star Is Boring

    With all due apologies to Marty Turco, we now blame someone else for the Stars' 3-1 hole. This is why hockey sucks: Take away the names and numbers from the sweaters -- sweaters, yeah, that’s another reason -- and Mike Modano looks like a non-impact scrub against the Vancouver Canucks. Offsides. T ... More >>

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    April 3, 2007

    You Better, You Bust

    Michael Farber at just posted a great piece about Dallas Stars goalie Marty Turco, the amazing regular-season netminder who always seems to choke in the post-season. Love the opening-paragraph anecdote: The food was exquisite, the evening historic. On the March night that Mike Modano became ... More >>

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    March 20, 2007

    Mount Modano

    I didn't come here today to lament the transformation of my March Madness bracket into toilet paper, to publicly apologize to anyone I might have maimed with a well-intended string of beads during Saturday's St. Paddy's Parade or to rehash Monday night's 16-10 loss by the Dallas Observer co-ed softb ... More >>

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    January 16, 2007

    A Little-Bitty Modano

    Mike Modano can be all yours this weekend, for a mere 15 bucks. But act fast: There are only 3,000 of him to go around. You can pick him up at NorthPark Center Saturday and Sunday, when the NHL hosts an All-Star Trading Card and Memorabilia show in conjunction with the its All-Star Game taking place ... More >>

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    October 26, 2006
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    September 19, 2006
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    September 7, 2006

    Icy Hot

    Maybe this girl should name her next cat Mike Modano

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    June 30, 2006
  • Best of Dallas

    October 14, 2004

    Best Star

    Mike Modano

  • Best of Dallas

    September 25, 2003

    Best Sports 'Stache

    Dallas Stars coach Dave Tippett

  • News

    February 20, 2003

    Mo's Def

    For Mike Modano, MVP talk is too early--even if he deserves the award

  • Best of Dallas

    September 20, 2001

    Best Dallas Star

    Derian Hatcher

  • Best of Dallas

    September 21, 2000

    Best Dallas Star

    Sergei Zubov

  • Culture

    May 28, 1998

    Shooting Stars

    Is this season a bust if Dallas doesn't win the Stanley Cup (or just beat Detroit)?

  • Culture

    November 27, 1997

    Pucking great

    Mike Modano has finally become the hockey player he always wanted to be

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