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Mike Modano is considered one of the greatest American-born hockey players of all time. He spent all but his last season with the Dallas Stars.
Modano was the first overall pick in the 1988 draft for the Minnesota North Stars. Luckily for the city of Dallas, when the team was moved, so was the franchise center.
In the 1999 Stanley Cup run, Modano tallied 18 assists and 23 points overall. He is the franchise leader in goals, assists and points—all by large margins.
Outside of being a constant presence for the team, Modano has done a lot to make hockey relevant in the Dallas market off the ice. Currently, he is part-owner of the Allen Americans, who are based in the Dallas suburbs.