September 22, 2011
One undeniable aspect of just-retired Mike Modano's(notes) appeal as an NHL star was that he was a little bit Hollywood, and not just because he appeared shirtless on magazine covers and married the woman who gave the world "I Wanna Be Bad."
He's also one of the only NHL stars to appear in a World Wrestling Federation vignette; and what better time to revisit this classic than on the day he officially hung up his skates?
This originally aired in March 1993 on the syndicated "WWF Superstars" program. Clearly, Ed Belfour was the second choice for the Dallas Stars behind the late Curt Hennig. Just another link in the Puck-and-Wrestling Connection.
As you can imagine, the tributes to Modano's impact and career continue to roll in. Check out Y! Sports NHL columnist Nick Cotsonika's "greatest American player" take, Kevin Allen's celebration of Modano's speed, Jordan Kuhns's take on "a real star" and Mike Heika will a nice piece about Modano's legacy in Dallas (sub. required, sadly).
s/t to reader Aubrey Chau for the clip.