Saturday, March 14, 2015

Hockey Hall of Fame Member Mike Modano Selected for Inaugural ICONS Cup Golf Tournament

NHL’s Highest-Scoring U.S.-Born Player is Captain Fred Couples’ Second Pick for Team USA

(DUBAI, United Arab Emirates) – The ICONS Cup – a first-of-its-kind, two-day, Ryder Cup-style team golf competition taking place April 22-24 at Jumeirah Golf Estates’ Earth Course – announces hockey Hall of Famer Mike Modano will represent Team USA in Dubai.

Modano is the National Hockey League’s (NHL) all-time leader in goals (561) and points (1,374) among U.S.-born players. He is also one of only five Americans to have been selected with the first overall pick in the NHL Draft (1988). He went on to play 21 seasons in the league, 16 of which were with the Dallas Stars. While there, he was a team captain and helped popularize hockey in Texas and the southern United States.

A seven-time NHL All-Star, Modano led the Stars to the 1999 Stanley Cup Championship. He represented Team USA 11 times over three decades, including the 2002 and 2006 Olympic Winter Games. In 2014, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and had his iconic No. 9 retired by the Stars.

Modano joins future baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. on Fred Couples’ Team USA.

“Mike is a genuine icon and a fantastic addition to the line up. As a scratch golfer, he will be a valuable asset to Fred’s team.” says ICONS Cup Tournament Director Adrian Flaherty. “It will be very exciting to watch Fred’s lineup take shape as more legends are unveiled in the coming days.”

Team USA will battle Darren Clarke’s 12-man Team Rest of the World (ROTW) in a match play golf event. Its roster of international sporting superstars is set: Gabriel Batistuta, Luis Figo, Robbie Fowler, Andriy Shevchenko and Dwight Yorke (football); Kapil Dev, Brian Lara and Shane Warne (cricket); George Gregan, Brian O’Driscoll and Mike Tindall, MBE (rugby); and Sir Steve Redgrave (Olympic rowing).

Conceived, owned and produced by Worldwide Sports & Entertainment, Ltd. (WWSEL), the ICONS Cup is a significant departure from a standard celebrity golf event. It exclusively features low-handicap, A-list athletes playing morning foursomes (alternate shot) on Day One followed by 12 singles matches (Thursday, April 23). The ICONS Cup concludes the following day with 12 additional singles matches.

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