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Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Numbers: Mike Modano as a Star

By Richard Durrett

Mike Modano is the franchise leader in 15 statistical categories and has spent his entire Hall of Fame career with the Stars organization (and 11 more postseason categories). Here is a look at some of the facts and figures of that stay (thanks to the Stars' solid media relations crew for putting much of this together):

NHL Debut: Mike Modano made his NHL debut with the Minnesota North Stars during the 1989 playoffs. He played in two games of the Divisional Semifinals series against the St. Louis Blues, starting with Game 2 on April 6, 1989.

First NHL goal and point: Modano scored his first NHL goal on his first NHL shot at 8:14 of the first period on October 5, 1989, his first regular season game, beating Islanders goalie Glenn Healy. Modano finished the game with a goal and an assist on two shots.

Modano is the franchise leader in 15 statistical categories:

Games played: 1,459
Power play goals: 156
Goals: 557
Shorthanded goals: 29
Assists: 802
Even strength goals: 372
Points: 1,359
Game-winning goals: 92
Overtime goals: 9
Power play assists: 331
Penalty shots attempted: 4
Shots: 4,194
Goals in a season by a center: 50 (1993-94)
Highest plus/minus in a season: plus-43 (1996-97)
Most hat tricks in a season: 3 (1998-99) - also Bill Goldsworthy, Dino Ciccarelli, Scott Bjugstad and Bill Guerin.

Modano is the franchise leader in 11 postseason categories:

Seasons played: 15
Games played: 174
Goals: 58
Assists: 87
Points: 145
Power play assists: 33
Power play goals: 24
Short-handed goals: 2
Even strength goals: 32
Shots: 502
Short-handed assists: 3