NEWS
09/21/2011 01:11 EDT | Updated 11/21/2011 05:12 EST

Leading American scorer Mike Modano announces retirement from NHL

DETROIT - The NHL's all-time leading scorer among American players is calling it a career.

Mike Modano announced his retirement Wednesday with a posting on his Facebook page.

"After a long summer of thinking about my future, I've come to the decision that it's time to retire as a player from the NHL," he wrote. "What a great ride it's been!"

Modano added that he would hold a press conference Friday to further discuss the decision.

The 41-year-old spent last season with the Detroit Red Wings after playing 20 seasons for the Dallas Stars/Minnesota North Stars franchise, which drafted him first overall in 1988.

In 1,499 career NHL regular-season games, Modano scored 561 goals and 1,374 points.