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Stars, Modano Sign 5-yr Deal


August 3, 2005

DALLAS STARS RE-SIGN CENTER MIKE MODANO

FRISCO, Tex. - Dallas Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong announced tonight that the club has re-signed center Mike Modano to a five-year contract. Per club policy, no financial terms were disclosed.

"After a whirlwind day, it brings me great pleasure to announce that we were able to work out a contract to keep Mike Modano in Dallas for the next five years," said Armstrong. "He's a great player and has been a wonderful ambassador for hockey in Dallas. This new contract practically ensures that Mike will retire a Dallas Star, and we are thrilled that he will be back with us."

Modano, 35, is the Stars' all-time leader in goals (458), assists (648), points (1,106), games played (1,101), game-winning goals (71), and shorthanded goals (27). In addition, he is the franchise's leader in playoff goals (51), assists (76), points (127), and games played (144) and is one of three remaining players from Dallas' 1999 Stanley Cup championship team.

Among all American-born players in NHL history, Modano ranks third in points and fourth in goals, and is one of two U.S.-born players in league history to boast 400-plus goals and 600-plus assists. Modano became the 64th player (and fifth American) in NHL history to score 1,000 career points with an assist on Nov. 15, 2002, and only the 31st player to score 1,000 career NHL points with one club. He appeared in his 1,000th NHL game on Feb. 11, 2003, becoming the 32nd player in NHL history to play his first 1,000 games with one team and just the second American to accomplish that feat.

During the 2003-04 NHL season, Modano recorded 14 goals and 30 assists for 44 points with 46 penalty minutes in 76 games played. In 2002-03, Modano posted the third-highest scoring season of his career with 28 goals and 57 assists for 85 points. His 57 assists that season were the second-highest in his career.

Over the course of 15 NHL seasons, the 6-3, 205-lb. center has posted eight 80-plus point seasons, eleven 70-point seasons and twelve 60-point seasons, each of which top the all-time Stars record books. He also boasts three 50-assist campaigns, eleven 40-assist seasons, thirteen 20-goal years and nine 30-goal seasons, all franchise highs. He has been named to the NHL All-Star Game eight times, including twice as a starter, and has been a finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship (2002-03), the Selke Trophy as the league's top defensive forward (2000-01) and the Calder Trophy as top rookie (1989-90).

A native of Livonia, Mich., Modano has also been a member of two United States Olympic teams (2002, 1998), and his most recent action came at the 2004 World Cup, where he tied for the tournament lead in assists (6) and was tied for third in points (6) as he led the U.S. into the semifinals.

Modano was the number one overall draft selection by the Minnesota North Stars in the 1988 Entry Draft, and is the only remaining player on the roster to have made the move with the club to Dallas in 1993.

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