Modano entering international HOF; Holland, Ovechkin set marks
From left: Mike Modano already is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and the U.S. HOF; GM Ken Holland passes Jack Adams on win list, and Alex Ovechkin passes Sergei Fedorov.
Mike Modano will be inducted into his third hockey shrine.
The Livonia native, who is the NHL’s all-time leader among American-born players in goals (561) and points (1,374), has been named to the International Ice Hockey Hall of Fame.
Modano, who played most of his career with the Dallas Stars/Minnesota North Stars franchise and ended his career with the Red Wings, was already enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame and U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
Modano captained the Stars to the 1999 Stanley Cup.
“When you talk about the great players of the game from any country, Mike Modano's name is part of that conversation and he is most deserving of a spot in the IIHF Hall of Fame," USA Hockey Executive Director Pat Kelleher said in a statement. “He was one of those players that everyone looked forward to watching every time he hit the ice.”
Also in the IIHF Hall of Fame Class of 2019 are Canadian Women’s great Hayley Wickenheiser and Slovakian former NHL standouts Miroslav Satan and Zigmund Palffy.
The late USA hockey executive Jim Johannson will receive the Paul Loicq Award for his outstanding contributions to the IIHF and international ice hockey.
Modano represented the United States 11 times in international competition across three decades, including the 2002 and 2006 Olympic Winter Games. He was also a part of the U.S. Men's National Team that captured the gold medal at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.
The Class of 2019 will be honored on May 26 in Bratislava, Slovakia, before the medal games of the 2019 IIHF Men's World Championship.
Holland passes Adams
Detroit’s win over Ottawa on Saturday was Ken Holland’s 914th as Red Wings general manager, surpassing Jack Adams (1927-1962) for the most victories by a GM in franchise history.
"Certainly I'm proud of the record," Holland told NHL.com. "My name is there. But it's a whole bunch of people on the ice and off the ice, talented people, that really have made these 914 wins happen."
Holland has been Detroit’s GM since 1997.
Ovechkin passes Fedorov
With an assist on a goal by T.J. Oshie in the Washington Capitals’ 3-2 win over Vancouver Tuesday, Alex Ovechkin surpassed former Red Wing and Hockey Hall of Famer Sergei Fedorov as the highest-scoring Russia-born player in NHL history.
Ovechkin has 1,180 points.
"When you start playing hockey and you come to the NHL, you just have a dream to score one goal or two. And now I'm No. 1 on the all-time Russian list," he told NHL.com. "It's pretty amazing."
Ovechkin and Fedorov were teammates with the Capitals in 2008 and 2009 and remain friends. Ovechkin, who has 644 career goals, long ago passed Fedorov for most goals by a Russian player.
Maurice milestone spoiled by an old friend
Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice became the youngest to coach 1,500 games in NHL history on Tuesday night.
"It was a nice lead-up to the game," Maurice told the Canadian Press. "I got an awful lot of texts from close friends and people around the league, so I appreciated that a lot."
Unfortunately, the 52-year-old’s milestone was spoiled by the Jets’ 3-2 OT loss at home to the San Jose Sharks, who are coached by Pete DeBoer, who has known Maurice from the beginning.
DeBoer was assistant coach In Maurice’s first head coaching job, in 1993-94 and 1994-95 with the then-Detroit Jr. Red Wings of the Ontario Hockey League.
"It is special. I sent him a note this morning,” DeBoer told NHL.com before the game.
Maurice is the sixth coach in NHL history to reach 1,500 games. The others are Scotty Bowman, Joel Quenneville, Al Arbour, Barry Trotz and Ken Hitchcock.
On a personal note, I covered the Detroit Jr. Red Wings in those days for the Detroit News and first met Maurice when he was an assistant coach with the team during the 1992-93 season.
I vividly remember in 1994-95, during the NHL Lockout, sitting in one of the dressing rooms at Joe Louis Arena after a Jr. Wings practice and discussing the issues of the lockout with Maurice and DeBoer … or as much as a 27-year-old hockey coach, a 26-year-old hockey coach and a 31-year-old hockey writer could intelligently do so.