Modano hangs up NHL skates after 'great ride'

Mike Modano, the NHL's all-time leading scorer among American players with 1,374 points, announced his retirement Wednesday with a posting on his Facebook page.

Forward leaves game as all-time leading scorer among U.S. players

The National Hockey League's all-time leading scorer among American players is calling it a career.

Mike Modano announced his retirement Wednesday with a posting on his Facebook page.

"After a long summer of thinking about my future, I've come to the decision that it's time to retire as a player from the NHL," he wrote. "What a great ride it's been!"

Modano added that he would hold a press conference Friday to further discuss the decision.

The 41-year-old spent last season with the Detroit Red Wings after playing 20 seasons for the Dallas Stars/Minnesota North Stars franchise, which drafted him first overall in 1988.

Modano, who hails from Livonia, Mich., had his least productive season in 2010-11 with just four goals and 15 points in 40 regular-season contests. He added an assist in two playoff games.

"I was leaning toward retirement after the last two years took a lot out of me," Modano told reporters upon joining the Red Wings in August 2010. "But the Red Wings convinced me that a change of scenery would be good for me, and that helped me get my drive and passion back."

In 1,499 career NHL regular-season games, Modano scored 561 goals and 1,374 points.

On June 29, Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk — a friend and former teammate of Modano's — announced that the latter wouldn't be offered a contract.

Modano is the Stars franchise record holder in goals (557), assists (802), points (1,359), and games.

He helped lead the franchise to its lone Stanley Cup win in 1999 — scoring 23 points in 23 games — and back to the finals in 2000. Modano also recorded 23 points in the 2000 playoffs.

The eight-time all-star debuted in 1989 when the franchise was still located in Minnesota, and was named runner-up in the Calder Trophy race as top rookie.

Modano has a wealth of international experience. He represented the U.S. at three Olympic Games — 1998, 2002 and 2006 — winning a silver medal in 2002 at Salt Lake City.

Modano also donned the red, white and blue three times at the world championships (1990, 1993, 2005), two World Cups (1996, 2004), the 1991 Canada Cup and world junior championships in 1988 and 1989.

With files from CBC Sports