Mike Modano, who is recognized as the greatest US hockey player ever to lace up the skates, spent 20 of his 21 seasons with the Minnesota North Stars and Dallas Stars before finishing his career in Detroit in pursuit of a final trophy. franchise before announcing his retirement Sept. 23, 2011.
The first pick of the 1988 NHL Draft closed out his career as the Stars’ all-time leader in games played (1,459), goals (557), assists (802) and points (1,359). He also holds franchise records with 145 playoff points in a club-high 174 games. He remains the all-time leader among U.S.-born players in goals (561) and points (1,374).
Ed Olczyk was selected in the first round (No. 3 overall) by the Chicago Blackhawks in 1984 . He’d produce 342 goals and 794 points in 1,031 games with the Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins. The Chicago native played his final two years with the Blackhawks before calling it a career in 2000. He then transitioned into broadcasting, where he has become the lead game analyst for NHL on NBC and NHL on NBC Sports Network.
Finally, Lou Lamoriello will be honored as a builder and is three years removed from his enshrinement into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto in 2009.