At the age of 40, after playing 1,459 games and amassing 1,359 points from his first regular season game in 1989 to his last game as a Star this past spring, Mike Modano will be hitting the Dallas ice as a Detroit Red Wing on Thursday night. It’s strange enough seeing him wear the red and white winged wheel against other teams, but now he’ll be doing it against the Stars and infront of what should be a packed house at the AAC. It’s sure to be a very strange, emotional night for everyone.
Here’s a look at some other great players who made their return home in another uniform after making themselves synonymous with one team going back to Mike Modano’s draft year of 1988. Only one of them played more games for his team than Modano has with the Stars.
-Wayne Gretzky – Edmonton Oilers from 1978 ( WHA ) to 1988. Played 696 games with the Oilers and racked up 1,669 points. Made his return to Edmonton as a Los Angeles King at the age of 27 on October 19th, 1988. He recorded two assists but ended up -2 in a 8-6 loss.
-Guy Lafleur – Montreal Canadiens from 1971 to 1985. In 961 games with the Habs he managed 1,246 points. At the age of 37, he made his return to Montreal as a New York Ranger after a three year retirement on February 4th, 1989. Scored two goals and added an assist and was a +3 in a 7-5 loss.
-Larry Robinson – Montreal Canadiens from 1972 to 1989. 1,202 games played with the Habs and 883 points. Returned to Montreal with the Los Angeles Kings at the age of 37 on December 11th, 1989. He managed no points and broke even in a 2-2 tie.
-Peter Stastny – Quebec Nordiques from 1980 to 1990. Recorded 1,048 points in 737 games with the Nordiques. Returned to Quebec as a New Jersey Devil at the age of 34 on December 22nd, 1990. Scored a goal and added an assist and was +2 in a 4-1 win.
-Bryan Trottier – New York Islanders from 1975 to 1990. Played 1,123 games with the Islanders racking up 1,353 points. Returned to Long Island with the Pittsburgh Penguins at the age of 34 on October 13th, 1990. Tallied one assist and went -1 in a 6-4 win.
-Dale Hawerchuk – Winnipeg Jets from 1981 to 1990. 929 points in 713 games with the Jets. Returned to Winnipeg as a Buffalo Sabre at the age of 27. Failed to record a point and went even in a 2-0 win.
-Ron Francis – Hartford Whalers from 1981 to 1991. Played 714 games with the Whalers recording 821 points. Returned to Hartford as a Pittsburgh Penguin on March 9th, 1991 eight days after turning 28 and just five days after being dealt. Added an assist but ended up -1 in a 5-2 win.
-Mark Messier – Edmonton Oilers from 1979 to 1991. Totalled 1,034 points in 851 games as an Oiler. Returned to Edmonton as a New York Ranger five days after his 31st birthday on January 23rd, 1992. Scored a goal and added an assist and was +1 in a 3-1 win.
-Al Macinnis – 1982 to 1994. Played 803 games as a Flame tallying 822 points. Made his return to Cowtown as a St.Louis Blue at the age of 31 on January 24th, 1995. He scored a goal and added an assist but went -3 in a 6-4 loss.
-Patrick Roy – Montreal Canadiens from 1985 to 1995. Finished with a 289-175-66 record with the Habs. Returned to Montreal as a member of the Colorado Avalanche on March 5th 1997 at the age of 30. Stopped 34 of 37 shots in a 7-3 win.
-Ray Bourque – Boston Bruins from 1979 to 2000. Totalled 1,506 points in 1,518 games with the Bruins. Returned to Boston March 24th, 2001 at the age of 40 as a member of the Colorado Avalanche. Tallied 2 assists and was +1 in a 4-2 win.
-Jaromir Jagr – Pittsburgh Penguins from 1990 to 2000. Playing 806 games for the Penguins he totalled 1,079 points. Returned to Pittsburgh as a Washington Capital on December 21st, 2001 at the age of 29. Managed just one assist and went -2 in a 4-3 loss.
-Eric Lindros- Philadelphia Flyers from 1992 to 2000. Played 487 games with the Flyers racking up 659 points. Made his return to Philadelphia as a New York Ranger on January 12th, 2002 at the age of 28. No points and went even in a 4-2 loss.
-Brian Leetch – New York Rangers from 1987 to 2004. Played 1,072 games with the Rangers recording 945 points. Made his return to The Big Apple as a Boston Bruin on March 20th, 2006 at the age of 38. Failed to record a point and went -2 in a 5-2 loss.
About the Author
Written by Travis Currie
Im your typical sports fan. Just a little more crazy about it. I live and die for my teams and I drive my girlfriend nuts. I consider myself the world's biggest Stars fan. Ive been a fan since I was a young kid going back to the mid 80's. Favourite Stars player of all-time is of course Mike Modano. Favourite non-Stars player of all-time is Peter Stastny. I love talking sports so please leave a reply to anything you agree or disagree with. If youd like to contact me my email is firstname.lastname@example.org