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Devils’ Lou Lamoriello Inducted to U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Mike Modano made his mark long before he and the Minnesota North Stars relocated to Dallas and brought hockey to the Sun Belt.

Devils’ President/GM Lou Lamoriello (Bruce Bennett, Getty Images)

Once he got there in 1993, he didn’t miss a beat.

Modano, the highest-scoring U.S.-born player in NHL history, joined longtime New Jersey Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello, and player-turned-broadcaster Ed Olczyk, as the newest inductees to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday night.

Modano lived up to his billing after being chosen with the first pick of the 1988 NHL draft.

By the time he retired in 2011, the Livonia, Mich., native was the Stars’ 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.

Modano, who played his final NHL season with the Detroit Red Wings, leads U.S.-born players in goals (561) and points (1,374).

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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