Mike Modano Jr. is a former professional ice hockey player. In 1986, 16-year-old Modano was invited by coach Rick Wilson of the Prince Albert Raiders to come to Saskatchewan and join the Western Hockey League team. At his very first game, he scored a hat trick, and by his second year, Modano was part of the WHL All-Star Team.
Modano played primarily for the Minnesota/Dallas Stars franchise. He spent the final season of his NHL career with his hometown Detroit Red Wings. As of 2021, he is the all-time goal-scoring and points leader amongst American-born players in NHL history. Modano was drafted first overall by the North Stars in 1988, and after the team moved to Texas he helped the Stars win the Stanley Cup in 1999. Modano made the NHL All-Rookie team and was a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy. Modano is considered one of the most influential figures in popularizing hockey in Texas and the southern United States.
Modano was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 17, 2014. In 2017, he was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players. In 2019, Modano was hired by the Minnesota Wild to serve as an executive advisor in the front office