Former Dallas Stars center Mike Modano, 41, has decided to retire after 21 seasons in the NHL.
The Canucks had offered him a deal to play this season, but Wednesday afternoon on his Twitter and Facebook pages, Modano made the announcement.
"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," Modano said on his Facebook page. "What a great ride it's been!"
He will hold a formal news conference, hosted by the Dallas Stars, on Friday afternoon in Dallas.
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"It's just time," Modano told the Associated Press in a phone interview, taking a break between playing 36 holes of golf. "I didn't get any calls after July 1 and I figured that was it."
Modano said Vancouver assistant general manager Lorne Henning offered him a chance last week to continue his career with the Canucks.
"I told him I had to pass because I hadn't touched a weight or unzipped my bag since we lost in San Jose," Modano said.
The announcement signaled the end to one of the best careers of an American-born hockey player. The former No. 1 overall pick of the Minnesota North Stars in 1988, Modano remains the face of the franchise even after he left to sign a one-year deal with Detroit last season.
Modano spent 20 of his 21 NHL seasons with the Stars. He finished his career with 561 goals, 1,374 points, tops for U.S.-born players.
Modano wanted one more season with the Stars in 2010-11, but the team, in the midst of a youth movement, let him go. He signed a one-year deal with his hometown Detroit Red Wings.
He suffered a sliced tendon in his right wrist early in the season and was limited to 40 games and career lows of four goals and 15 points.
Throughout his career, he was routinely an All-Star, played on three U.S. Olympic teams, winning a silver medal in 2002, and won the Stanley Cup with the Stars in 1999.
"His speed was his strength," former NHL player Chris Chelios told the AP. "He had a great shot -- hard and heavy -- and he was tough to stop once he made a turn and generated speed."
When the 2011 playoffs ended, Modano said he was pretty sure he was done. During the summer, he waffled, saying only that he wasn't sure because he did not know what would be next. He only knew that he would retire and remain in Dallas.
Expect an announcement about a ceremony to retire his No. 9 jersey soon.
This story contains material from the Associated Press.
Mac Engel, 817-390-7697