Tag:Mike Modano
Posted on: October 31, 2011 12:01 am
Edited on: October 31, 2011 1:42 am
 

Eye on Hockey Halloween costume contest

By Brian Stubits

Hockey season might be in full swing, but that's no excuse for players not to go out to costume parties sporting their best Halloween outfits.

Considering it is Halloween and all, we figured we would have our own hockey costume contest here at Eye On Hockey. Make your vote and may be the best costume win.

Oh, before we begin, let me just say this is the greatness of Twitter. For those athletes daring enough to share, we get to see things like this which hardly ever saw the light of day before.

First we have Twitter sensation Paul Bissonnette of the Phoenix Coyotes. He is sporting his Hacksaw Jim Duggan outfit with his date dressed as Pocahontas, I believe.

USA! USA! USA!

My take: Kudos for being daring enough to wear that out. It's a solid start and the post makes it better.

Next up on the list is Bissonnette's teammate in Phoenix, Ray Whitney rocking toy soldier outfits with his wife.

Be all that you can be!

My take: This could be a contender here. The costumes are great for starters. But the real kicker is the pose. Whitney's wife has that solider position perfect. You remember that soldier, you always put it on the highest elevation possible.

Third in line is Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin. Geno is going with the tried and true costume of the hairy pimp.

Big pimpin', spending Gs.

My take: As I said, a tried and true costume here. I love how both the wig and the mustache are leaning to the side and the sunglasses are a nice touch.

Fourth up is Carolina Hurricanes forward Anthony Stewart as the one and only Chubbs Peterson from Happy Gilmore.

It's all in the hips. It's all in the hips. It's all in the hips.

My take: At the risk of contaminating the voting public, this is my favorite. Stewart nailed Chubbs from the wooden hand to the outfit and even the alligator's eye in the glass container. Chubbs would be proud.

The fifth contestant is Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler as Sylvester the Cat. At least I'm left to assume it's him considering he tweeted it out.

Sufferin' Succotash!

My take: I have to think this one will be on the outside looking in partly based on the photo itself. But at least Kesler didn't go in the same costume as his ESPN the Magazine shoot.

Next up we have recently retired player and former Dallas Stars star Mike Modano trying out an LMFAO costume. You know, the guys who brought you the Body Rock.

Wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle! Wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle!

My take: I don't know if Modano actually wore this out of the house or not, he tweeted this out a few days before Halloween as a potential costume. But if he was willing to send it out, it counts. Daring is all I'll say. Oh, and please don't wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle.

Last up in the contest we present to you the Boston Bruins. Now we already covered this one, but figured it deserved a shot here. For voting purposes, let's just stick with Zdeno Chara in the bunny suit.

"You look like a deranged Easter bunny. He looks like a pink nightmare!"

My take: The homemade touch is great, gives it an authentic feel. But I think this one scared too many people to get enough votes to win.

For the record, Raffi Torres of the Coyotes also dressed up, electing to go with the blackface and dressing up as Jay-Z with his wife as Beyonce. As you might expect, that's drawing a whole lot of criticism for Torres.

Photos: Thanks Twitter!

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Posted on: September 21, 2011 1:12 pm
Edited on: September 21, 2011 7:02 pm
 

Modano, all-time American leading scorer, retires

By Brian Stubits

Mike Modano removed any suspense (ok, there was very little) from his playing future by announcing his retirement on Wednesday.

He made the announcement in a most unusual way. He tweeted on his new account that he started up last week that he had an announcement on his future, sending followers to a link to his Facebook page making the declaration his career is over. Such are the times in which we live.

Here's what his statement had to say.

"After a long summer of thinking about my future, I've come to the decision that it's time to retire as a player from the NHL. There's way too many people to thank here at this time and too much to say, so I have a press conference scheduled for early Friday afternoon. Check back Friday late afternoon for more. What a great ride it's been!"

Modano played his entire career with the Stars organization except his final one, which he spent in his hometown of Detroit with the Red Wings. The seven-time All-Star finishes his career with 561 goals (a career-high 50 in the Stars' first season in Dallas back in 1993-94) and 813 assists.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, Modano will go down as the greatest American scorer in history. Needless to say, there won't be any discussion on if he is Hall of Fame bound or not; he can prepare his speech now.

He also has the honor of retiring having hoisted the Stanley Cup with the Stars in 1999.

The thing about Modano was that he was more than a great player, he was the face of a franchise. Fans in Dallas have done a good job latching on to hockey since the Stars moved to the South, with Modano being the focal point. His is a jersey that will forever be viewed as a timeless classic among Dallas hockey fans, something they can wear forever.

The impression he helped make in Texas was felt this year at the draft when Texas-born Stefan Noesen was selected in the first round by the Senators. Heck, there has even been a push to get an NHL team in Houston. Texas will always be a football state with a lot vested in baseball and basketball, but there is room for hockey. Modano is a big reason why.

But moreover, his reach stretched across America, seeing as his place in American hockey history will be in the upper echelon, if not at the top (we aren't going to start that fight here, carry it out on the message boards if you want). Just check out what Ducks forward Bobby Ryan had to say earlier today on Twitter.

"Congrats to Mike Modano on a great career! The reason I picked number 9! What an awesome player, thanks for showing young Americans the way!"

If that doesn't say it all, not much will.

And for your next bar trivia game, he is also the last player to retire who played an NHL game in the 1980s.

Modano also had a brief cameo appearance in the 1992 hockey movie, The Mighty Ducks, along with former NHL player Basil McRae. Modano only had two lines in the movie: "Oh yeah, I thought you were a farmer," and "take it easy." Here's a clip from last season that featured Modano talking about his appearance in the movie, as well as the following it still has to this day.



Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: September 2, 2011 11:24 am
Edited on: September 2, 2011 11:30 am
 

Top scoring seasons for 40-year-old forwards

SelanneBy: Adam Gretz

Teemu Selanne has yet to decide whether or not he's going to return to the Anaheim Ducks this season, saying last weekend that he still wants to test his knee before making a final decision. If he returns he'll once again be one of the oldest players in the NHL, and be relied on to be a top-scoring threat for a playoff contender in the Western Conference.

Last season, at the age of 40, Selanne was the fourth oldest player in the NHL (trailing only Mark Recchi, Nicklas Lidstrom and Mike Modano) and still managed to finish eighth in scoring and points per game. It was not only a fantastic season for any player, regardless of age, it was almost unheard of for a forward age 40-or-olrder.

Going back over every season dating back to 1979-80, there have been 34 cases of a forward playing in the NHL over the age of 40, and none of them came close to matching what Selanne produced for the Ducks last season. As a group, they appeared in an average of just 56 games and managed to score an average of 31 points.

Here's a look at the top-15 scoring seasons for forwards over the age of 40 dating back to 1979-80, a stretch of 31 seasons:

Top Scoring Seasons For 40-Year-Old Forwards Since 1979-80
Player Age Year Games Goals Points
Teemu Selanne 40 2010-11 73 31 80
Mark Messier 40 2000-01 82 24 67
Mark Recchi 40 2008-09 80 23 61
Mark Recchi 42 2010-11 81 14 48
Dave Keon 40 1980-81 80 13 47
Adam Oates 44 2002-03 67 9 45
Mark Messier 43 2003-04 76 18 43
Igor Larionov 42 2002-03 74 10 43
Igor Larionov 41 2001-01 70 11 43
Mark Recchi 41 2009-10 81 18 42
Gary Roberts 40 2006-07 69 20 42
Gordie Howe 51 1979-80 80 15 41
Ron Francis 40 2003-04 80 13 40
Mark Messier 42 2002-03 78 18 40
Igor Larionov 40 2000-01 65 9 40

Nobody was even close to Selanne, as he managed to score 13 more points than the No. 2 player on the list, Mark Messier, despite playing in nine fewer games. He's also shown no signs of slowing down in recent years, having his point-per-game number increase in each of the past three seasons.

Mark Recchi's multiple appearances on this list are remarkable as well, especially since his career looked like it was over early in the 2007-08 season at the age of 39 as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was eventually placed on waivers and landed with the Atlanta Thrashers, a move that proved to turn his career around. After turning 40 he missed only four of a possible 246 regular season games, continued to provide some offensive depth for the Boston Bruins, and was also a solid contributor in the playoffs as they ended their Stanley Cup drought this past season, recording 14 points in 25 playoff games.

Still, there is perhaps no name more impressive on the above list than the presence of 51-year-old Gordie Howe with the Hartford Whalers back in 1979-80. That was the year the Whalers joined the NHL (Howe had played for the team during its WHA days) and ended up finishing the season as the seventh-leading scorer on the team, and 148th out of the 585 players that played in the NHL that season. Granted, that was during an era where the average NHL game featured seven goals (the average NHL game in 2010-11 had 5.59 goals, for example) so he may not have had that many points at that age in any other era, but again ... 51 years old. The fact he even played a single game is mind blowing.

We already knew Selanne is a special talent, and the only thing standing between him and the Hockey Hall of Fame is his retirement, but what he's done at this age is just another example as to how incredible his career has been.

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: August 27, 2011 10:21 am
 

Daily Skate: Modano still undecided

By: Adam Gretz

MODANO STILL ON THE FENCE Mike Modano spent the 2010-11 season playing with his hometown team, the Detroit Red Wings, scoring four goals in 40 games. The 41-year-old forward has yet to make a decision as to whether or not he wants to keep going for another season or call it a career, and he talked about that decision with Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas. Modano also talked about his ideas for a post-hockey career, including possible roles as a TV analyst and his desire to work for the Dallas Stars front office. For his career Modano has scored 561 goals, almost all of them coming with the Dallas Stars/Minnesota North Stars organization.

GONCHAR LOOKS TO REBOUND After signing a large contract on the first day of free agency last summer veteran defenseman Sergei Gonchar had some struggles in his debut season with the Ottawa Senators, recording 27 points (7 goals, 20 assists) in 67 games. He's looking to improve on those numbers this season, and according to Wayne Scanlan, the Senators are going to need him and the other veterans on the team to step up this season.


MOREAU TALKS ABOUT JOINING Kings Veteran forward Ethan Moreau passed a physical this week and officially joined the Los Angeles Kings, and Rich Hammond had an opportunity to sit down and speak with the newest member of the club about his role for the upcoming season. Said Moreau, via Hammond, “I want to come to camp and prove that I’m where I was a few years ago. Throughout my career, I’ve been a top player on the third line. I’ve been an elite penalty-killer. I play defensively, I play physical, I play tough. I just can’t wait to get back, just to show my teammates that I’m not just here for leadership. I’m not just here to be a piece of the roster. I want to re-establish myself and score goals and play tough and do what I’ve always done. I don’t feel like my play has gone down. I’ve just had some unlucky injuries." Check out the rest of the interview over at LA Kings Insider.



ROBIDAS EXCITED ABOUT OFFSEASON MOVES Dallas Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas is looking forward to the upcoming season after a busy offseason by the front office that included the addition of seven veteran free agents. The Stars missed the playoffs by just two points last season, and the veteran defenseman wants to get the team back to that level. He recently spoke with Mark Stepneski of ESPNDallas about the new additions and the upcoming season.

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Posted on: July 29, 2011 10:27 am
 

Daily Skate: Modano sounds done; new cities?

By Brian Stubits

MODANO DONE? There is still no word from Mike Modano on if he has played his final game in the NHL, but the smart bet is that he has. In an interview with a Dallas radio station, he largely affirmed that believe, but wouldn't go as far as to confirm it. "I don't know. I think that was the swan song," Modano said. So are you officially retiring? "Not yet," Defending Big D has all the details on the radio interview and says that it's hard to come away from it believing anything but Modano's career is finished.

LOCATIONS FOR RELOCATION: The Atlanta Thrashers just became the Winnipeg Jets. Soon the New York Islanders and Phoenix Coyotes could be on the move as well, if things don't go their ways. There really are no Plan Bs in either city, so it's a boom or bust scenario. But Kevin McGran at the Toronto Star points out that serious problem in the relocation aspect ... relocate where? Quebec City is the first city on the list, but it doesn't have an arena. At least it does have potential owners who could build an arena by 2015 (when the Isles lease runs out). But others? Kansas City has an arena with no prospective owner. Same goes for Houston. Seattle doesn't have a suitable arena and no apparent serious owners. I'm still wondering why Milwaukee is never in this conversation. Perhaps it would be time to consider Hamilton, Ontario.

LOONEY TIMES: Former Detroit Red Wing Darren McCarty made a brief return to professional sports on Thursday, joining the Dodgers' Class A affiliate, the Great Lakes Loons, as a player for a day (Detroit Free Press). Unfortunately, McCarty didn't actually play in the game, he just signed autographs throughout as part of a Red Wings legends series. What I want to know is if he would have jumped in the fray if there had been a basebrawl. That would have been a time to have McCarty on your side, now wouldn't it?

KICKIN' KICKS: Paul Bissonnette is, thanks to Twitter, one of hockey's best-known personalities at this point. The Coyotes fourth-liner just got some awesome new shoes that seem to fit his personality ... and his team. The Biz tweeted out a picture of his custom Coyotes high tops that, as you might have guessed, are red. Take a look. I think he should have custom-made skates to match.

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Posted on: April 13, 2011 2:44 pm
Edited on: April 13, 2011 3:14 pm
 

Modano eyes retirement after playoffs; scratched

Mike Modano left the only organization he’d ever known to return to his hometown of Detroit and shoot for another Stanley Cup. Well, this looks like his last shot, and he might not even take a shot.

According to ESPN.com , the 40-year-old Modano is preparing for this to be his last postseason in his long NHL career, saying "I'm excited about the playoffs. I think it's going to be my last one. I'm definitely trying to get as prepared and as excited as I can possibly be knowing it's my last real run at something. It's my last chance."

It’s been a struggle for Modano this season. He played in just 40 games for the Red Wings, netting a career-low four goals and 15 points.

"My body has been telling me and so has my head," Modano continued. "I knew that if the body wasn't doing things on the ice that I was accustomed to doing, it was time to move on. There are subtle signs that I've gotten that it's only going to get worse. I can't stay on the ice as long as I used to, things like that."

What’s more is that Modano will be a healthy scratch for Game 1 against the Coyotes. He could return for Game 2 or at any other point. After all, one reason Detroit brought him in was to get tougher for the playoffs.

"It's a huge decision," coach Mike Babcock said. "Who he is, and his career … he's out for Game 1. He's got to get himself ready for Game 2."

Of course, the retirement news comes as little surprise. Most felt he would only play in Detroit for one or two seasons anyway, trying to get one more title.

Hopefully for Modano, if the Wings can make a run, he’ll get a hand in what happens for his final hurrah.

-- Brian Stubits


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