Modano gets the call to Hockey Hall of Fame

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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The greatest player to wear a Prince Albert Raiders uniform has joined hockey’s most elite group.

On Monday, the Hockey Hall of Fame announced its 2014 class of inductees with Mike Modano, the Raiders all-time scorer, joining Rob Blake, Peter Forsberg and Dominik Hasek as the players to be enshrined.

Pat Burns, who died of cancer in 2010, was also inducted into the Hall as a builder along with referee Bill McCreary. 

In three years as a Raider, Modano amassed 294 points in 176 games, placing him sixth all-time in Raiders scoring. Modano was the first Raider to be taken first overall in an NHL Entry Draft, selected by the Minnesota North Stars in 1988.

While playing minor hockey in Detroit, Mich., in 1986, Modano received a call from former Raiders coach Rick Wilson, inviting him to join the Raiders in the WHL.

Modano would play 20 of his 21 NHL seasons with the North Stars/Dallas Stars franchise, before hanging up his skates in 2011 after a brief season with the Detroit Red Wings. 

Retiring with 1374 points in the NHL, Modano ranks as the highest scoring American of all-time, 23rd amongst all NHL players. 

Crowned Stanely Cup champion in 1999, Modano became the first Raider to have his number retired by the organization as he had his No. 9 raised to the rafters of the Art Hauser Centre on Nov. 1. 

Modano, along with the rest of the 2014 Hall of Fame class, will be honoured in an induction ceremony in Toronto on Nov. 17. 

Organizations: Hockey Hall of Fame, NHL, Minnesota North Stars Dallas Stars Detroit Red Wings Art Hauser Centre

Geographic location: Detroit, Mich., Toronto

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