Wednesday, November 7, 2007 - Tonight marks a historic moment in NHL history. Mike Modano tied Phil Housley’s record by scoring point 1,232, and then broke the record with point 1,233. The second point of the evening has earned him a spot in the history books by making him the all-time American-born point leader in the National Hockey League.
Mike scored twice in the first 4:24 of tonight’s game against the San Jose Sharks at the HP Pavilion. He tied Housley’s record of 1,232 points 2:19 into the contest. Then, just over two minutes later, Mike beat Sharks netminder Evgeni Nabokov on a breakaway to become America’s new all-time leading scorer.
Among his supporters are the former record holder Phil Housley. "Records are made to be broken," Housley said. "It's going to be great to see Mike Modano achieve that. He's a great player with great skills but when it comes down to it, he's a classy guy and he deserves this. You knew he was going to develop into something extraordinary." Housley, the Buffalo Sabres #6 draft pick in 1982, held the record for eight years. He played for a number of teams where he amassed 1232 points over his 20 season NHL career.