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Mike Modano retires

Mike Modano retires
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POSTED: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 8:30pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 8:30pm

Mike Modano is retiring after 21 seasons in the NHL.

Modano, in a phone interview Wednesday from Dallas, said he recently declined a chance to continue his career with the Vancouver Canucks.

He has 561 goals and 1,374 points, leading U.S.-born players in the league, over 20 seasons with the Dallas-Minnesota franchise and one season with his hometown Detroit Red Wings.

The North Stars selected the native of Livonia, Mich., No. 1 overall in 1988.

Following the franchise's move to Dallas, he helped the Stars hoist
the Stanley Cup in 1999.

Modano signed with the Red Wings last year. A skate sliced a tendon in his right wrist, limiting him to 40 games and career lows
with four goals and 15 points.

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