Mike Modano was inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2019 in Bratislava, Slovakia, on the final day of the 2019 IIHF Men's World Championship. Modano is the 24th American enshrined into the IIHF Hall of Fame. Former USA Hockey executive director Dave Ogrean, who currently serves as USA Hockey's special advisor to the president, accepted the award on Modano's behalf.
Additionally, the late Jim Johannson was honored with the Paul Loicq Award for his outstanding contributions to the IIHF and international ice hockey. Johannson's wife Abby, daughter Ellie and brother John were at the ceremony to accept the award.
Modano represented the United States 11 times in international competition across three decades, including the 2002 and 2006 Olympic Winter Games. He was also a part of the U.S. Men's National Team that captured the gold medal at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.
With a professional career that spanned over 21 NHL seasons, Modano is the league's all-time goal-scoring and points leader among American-born players with 561 goals and 1,374 points. He also holds records for the most NHL playoff points (145) by an American-born player and games played (1,499) by an American-born forward.
Drafted first overall by the Minnesota North Stars in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, Modano went on to win the 1999 Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars and played in eight NHL All-Star Games during his career.
In 2000, Johannson began his career at USA Hockey as manager of international activities and U.S. Olympic Committee relations, was promoted to senior director of hockey operations on August 5, 2003, and on June 25, 2007, assumed the position of assistant executive director of hockey operations, where he had oversight of all in-sport related initiatives, including USA Hockey’s efforts in putting teams on the field of play for international competition.
Under Johannson's guidance U.S. teams had an unprecedented run of success in major international competition, including 64 medals (34 gold, 19 silver and 11 bronze).
Johannson was acting as general manager of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team before his sudden passing in January 2018.