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Sunday, September 25, 2011

88-89 OPC Tribute: Toews, Perry and Modano

#32 - Jonathan Toews

  The 3rd overall pick in the 2006 entry draft, Jonathan Toews, had an incredible 2009-10 season.  First he won an Olympic Gold Medal and then he won the Stanley Cup, as well as the Conn Smythe Trophy.  While 2010-11 didn't bring the same kind of team success, Toews set a personal best for points with 76.

#33 - Corey Perry

  Corey Perry not only looked like monster is 2010-11, he also played like one.  Perry won the Hart Trophy as league MVP and also won the Maurice Richard Trophy as top goal scorer.  Perry finished the season strong by scoring 19 goals in his final 16 games to vault himself into the goal scoring lead and he hit 50 in style by netting a hat trick.
  Perry's tear helped Anaheim to go 12-4-0 and to go from the outside looking in, to the #4 spot in the conference.

#103 - Mike Modano

  Mike Modano recently retired after a 21 year career.  He finished his career as 22nd on the career points list, with a total of 1374 points.  His 561 career goals is good for 23rd overall.  In 1999-2000, he was a key member of the Stanley Cup Champions, Dallas Stars.  Modano was also a member of the 1996 World Cup winning USA team, that shocked the Canada side and provide a new "Miracle on Ice" for a younger generation.
  Modano provided consistent production throughout his career, and was a lock for 80+ points for the majority of his career.  Modano never scored 100pts, and only once got 50 goals, but he lead his team in scoring 11 times over a 13 year stretch.
  Modano played 4 years with Minnesota, leading the team to the Stanley Cup finals before the team relocated to Dallas for the 93-94 season.  For this card, I had to have Modano in a Minnesota North Star.  It's actually the way I will remember him.

  There is no hockey legend for Mike Modano, perhaps in a few years there will be one.  Instead I will share this really well produced tribute video.

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