After 21 years in the tough National Hockey League, American hockey superstar Mike Modano finally decided to call it quits from the sport that made him a global sports icon. Modano publicly announced on Wednesday that he is officially retiring from the NHL after a stellar professional hockey career, that includes a Stanley Cup championship along with 561 goals and 1,374 points. Modano said it is sad to say goodbye to the sport of hockey, but he just realized it is the right time to hang up his skates for good.
Hockey experts said the 41-year-old NHL superstar center made the tough decision to retire from the sport since his body can no longer endure the abuse of the game at this point in his life. The experts agree Modano is getting too old to endure the rough and tumble sport of hockey. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman expressed sadness over the decision of Modano but nonetheless congratulated him for a stellar NHL career.
During his prime in the 1990s, Modano was one of the top players in the NHL due to his speed and scoring abilities. Aside from his NHL stint, Modano had also played in three Olympics, helping the Americans win silver in 2002. “His speed was his strength,” said former NHL player Chris Chelios, a teammate in the Olympics. NHL players and fans around the globe expressed sadness over Modano’s decision to retire but they all wished him all the best in his new life outside the world of the NHL.