American born players that have played in the National Hockey League have had great success such as Brian Leetch who won the Conn Smythe trophy along with the Stanley Cup in 1994 along with Goalie Mike Richter for the New York Rangers, Jeremy Roenick who became the third American born to score 500 goals in his career, Joe Mullen who ultimately became the first American born to score 500 goals and winning three Stanley Cups with the Flames in 1989 and with the Pens in back to back seasons in 1991 and in 1992, Phil Housley who played in 1495 games which was the most by an American before being surpassed by Chris Chelios who played in 1496 games and won three cups with the Habs and the Wings and none other than Mike Modano who after 21 years decided to hang up his skates.
Drafted 1st overall in 1988 by the Minnesota North Stars, he was part of the 1999 Stanley Cup team when the team became the Dallas Stars. He became the highest American goal scorer when he surpassed Mullen in a game vs the Nashville Predators and holding the record for points by an American born player. He was also the last player who had played in a game during the 1980's. All in all, he finished with 561 goals and 1374 points split between the North Stars/Stars and the Detroit Red Wings.
What is the next down the road for Modano is a plaque that will be in the Hockey Hall of Fame. A place where he truly deserves to be.