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Updated: June 23rd, 2014 4:58pm
Former North Star Mike Modano elected to Hockey Hall of Fame

Former North Star Mike Modano elected to Hockey Hall of Fame

by Judd Zulgad
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The Minnesota North Stars selected Mike Modano with the first pick in the 1988 NHL draft hoping he could turn around the franchise.

Modano helped do exactly that -- once the team had relocated to Dallas -- and his latest reward for his excellence will be induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 17 in Toronto.

Modano, Dominik Hasek, Peter Forsberg and Rob Blake were the four players elected to the Hall on Monday. They will joined by the late Pat Burns, who will be enshrined as a coach in the builder category along with referee Bill McCreary. Modano, Hasek and Forsberg were in their first years of eligibility. The Hall selection committee is made up of 18 voters and players must get 75 percent of the votes.

Modano finished his 21-year career with 561 goals and 1,374 points. Both of those are records for players born in the United States and his point total ranks 23rd all-time in the NHL. Modano was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Dallas Stars retired his No. 9 in March.

He began his career with the North Stars in 1989-90, scoring 29 goals and adding 46 assists in 80 games. Modano had 28 and then 33 goals in the following two seasons before the North Stars left for Dallas after the 1991-92 season.

Modano's best single-season goal total came in 1993-94 when he scored 50. That marked the second consecutive season in which he had 93 points. That total was his career high. Modano, who was a Stanley Cup with the Stars in 1999, left the Stars after the 2009-10 season and finished his career in 2010-11 with his hometown Detroit Red Wings. 

Modano joins Harry Howell (1979), Gump Worsley (1980), John Mariucci (1985), Leo Boivin (1986), Al Shaver (broadcaster, 1993), Brett Hull (2009), Joe Nieuwendyk (2011) and Ed Belfour (2011) as the only members of the Stars franchise to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, according to the Dallas Morning News. He is the 12th American­ born player to be selected to the Hall.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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