Modano the new Mr. USA

Mike ModanoDallas Stars center Mike Modano passed defenseman Phil Housley with a pair of goals Wednesday night to become the NHL’s all-time U.S.-born scoring leader.

Modano, from Livonia, Mich., has 1,233 career points in 1,253 regular-season games. At age 37, he has played 242 fewer games than Housley, a St. Paul native who retired following the 2002-03 season at age 39.

This has to be one of the former Minnesota North Star’s crowning achievements, right behind marrying Willa Ford and winning the Stanley Cup (in that order).

I was surprised to learn, especially as an NHL fan, Modano is just 35th on the NHL’s career scoring list. Blame Canada.

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