Wild add former North Star Mike Modano to front office

Former North Star Mike Modano looks up at the scoreboard in the third period of the Minnesota/Chicago NHL Stars Alumni Game at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, February 20, 2016. The Minnesota team beat the Chicago team, 6-4. John Autey/The Rink Live

By Dane Mizutani, St. Paul Pioneer Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. — After starring with the North Stars at the start of his Hall of Fame career, Mike Modano is finally back in Minnesota. He was hired by the Wild on Thursday afternoon and will serve as an executive advisor in the front office.

In his new role, Modano will work directly with owner Craig Leipold and president Matt Majka on a number of initiatives that include team’s sales, corporate partnerships, and community relations efforts. He starts on Sept. 1.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Mike Modano to the Minnesota Wild organization,” Leipold said in a release. “His Hall of Fame career was one of the best in the history of the NHL and we look forward to Mike helping our organization build an even greater State of Hockey.”

Modano tallied 561 goals, 813 assists, and 1,374 points in 21 seasons in the NHL, playing with the North Stars, the Dallas Stars, and the Detroit Red Wings before retiring in 2011. He was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1988 NHL Draft by the North Stars ranks first in NHL history in goals scored and points by an American-born player. He as inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2014

“I am very thankful for this opportunity and excited to work with Craig and Matt to help support a number of Minnesota Wild business initiatives,” Modano said in a release. “I have always felt a special relationship with this community and look forward to reconnecting with all the wonderful fans in the State of Hockey as a member of the Wild organization.”

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