“Mike Modano’s in the house! Drop a beat!”
These are words you never hear for a reason, primarily because, while Mike Modano was hell on ice, he does not spit hot fire.
The segment was called Yo! Roger Raps!, and the song was 50 Cent’s “In Da Club." It was the best/worst thing some people had ever heard.
The song began with chorus work being done by DJ Roger Emrich, the public address announcer at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX. Emrich foamed the runway for Modano, warming up the mic with his goofy radio voice and so forth. Then Modano jumped in, and it was all over.
Hearing the all-time leading goal scorer for American-born hockey players rap about “rolling it up” and "popping bottles in the club" is a unique experience. It is kind of like that first time your dad tells you about his wild college days, a subject he had previously glossed over entirely.
In other words, it is awesome, if not a touch awkward—but it is not like Modano has much left to prove to anyone these days.
The 2012 NHL Hall of Fame inductee just announced his engagement to Allison Micheletti earlier this month, and his jersey is scheduled to be retired by the Stars this coming season.
At the tender age of 43, Modano is living, loving and rapping—essentially proving that 40 is the new 20.
Congratulations to you and yours, Modano. Stay hustling, C.R.E.A.M. and get the honeys.