Modano Continues To Impress
Joe Mullen wrapped up his distinguished career in
Friday, the man who has surpassed Mullen – and Phil Housley – for the American scoring record will take the ice as Mike Modano and the Dallas Stars visit
Mullen eclipsed Reed Larson’s 685 points for the
“Seeing an American-born player put up that many points is awesome,” said Penguins forward and
“He’s definitely someone that a lot of American kids look up to,” he continued. “The way he plays the game and the way he handles himself makes him a true superstar.”
Like Malone indicated, Modano is a role model for a new generation of American-born players like Mullen and Housley were before.
“Mike Modano is now going to set new standards for American kids growing up and that’s what it’s about – someone comes and sets new standards all the time,” Mullen said.
“If anyone deserves the record, it’s Mike Modano,” Housley said. “I was fortunate to have the record for eight years, to take it with me in my retirement and I was very honored to be recognized as the leading scorer.”
Another player especially happy to see Modano break the record was Penguins defenseman Darryl Sydor, who came to Pittsburgh from Dallas as a free agent this summer. Sydor played nine seasons with Modano and the Stars and won a Stanley Cup championship.
“Mike is a good friend of mine. I have been there to see a few of his accomplishments,” Sydor said. “Obviously, I wasn’t there when he broke the record, but when I saw he did it, I threw him a text message. It’s good to see. It’s well-deserved. It’s just a tribute to his many years of consistency.”
In addition to the points record, Modano became just the second American to score 500 goals. Mullen was the first and he finished with 502 tallies. Modano scored No. 503 last Mar. 17. Fellow American Jeremy Roenick has since joined the 500-goal club as well.
“Lucky enough for me, I got to know Joe Mullen pretty well, so that was a great experience when he scored 500 goals,” Malone said. “I don’t know how many years I’d have to play to score that many goals. It’s ridiculous. Those guys and what they have accomplished are great feats. There are not too many players to do that.”
While the six-time NHL All-Star has many professional accomplishments, he has shined on the international level for Team
“He has been there for all Team
Modano’s impact isn’t just limited to the ice, either. He has spurned huge growth in youth hockey in the
“I guess it’s pretty similar to what happened when Mario came here. It helped sell the game,” Malone said. “In
Sydor looks forward to battling against one his closest friends.
“It’s going to be good to see old friends. It’s always special when you play your old team,” he said. “You want to perform. Hopefully, things go well for us.”
Top 10 U.S.-born NHL scorers
(Through Nov. 28)
1. *Mike Modano C 1263 515 728 1243
2. Phil Housley D 1495 338 894 1232
3. *Jeremy Roenick C 1273 501 682 1183
4. Joe Mullen RW 1062 502 561 1063
5. Brian Leetch D 1205 247 781 1028
6. Pat LaFontaine C 865 468 545 1013
7. *Doug Weight C 1086 255 695 950 Warren, MI
8. *Keith Tkachuk LW 998 479 466 945
9. *Chris Chelios D 1570 183 756 939 Chicago, IL
10. Neal Broten C 1099 289 634 923