The Lightning wing is named a reserve for the World All-Star team.
By DAMIAN CRISTODERO
© St. Petersburg Times, published January 18, 2001
MONTREAL -- Fredrik Modin scoffed a few days ago when asked about the possibility of making the World All-Star team. The Lightning left wing was all smiles Wednesday when that possibility became reality.
Modin was named by the league, which consulted with general managers to fill out the roster after fans voted for the starters. The North American roster was announced Tuesday.
The NHL does not require each team to have at least one representative. The 51st game is Feb. 4 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
"I wasn't expecting it, so I was very surprised and very happy," said Modin, the Lightning's sixth All-Star. "It's a great thing. You get to meet and play with the best guys in the game. ... It's definitely something you recall in your career when you're sitting in the rocking chair with the grandkids."
"Well deserved," coach John Tortorella said. "He's been an offensive force all year long. He's a first-class guy, a quiet guy. I think he commands respect just by the way he carries himself. He's just beginning to understand how good he can be."
Modin, 26, from Sundsvall, Sweden, has a team-high 21 goals and is tied for the team lead with 35 points. He is a team-best plus-9. He was acquired before last season from the Maple Leafs for defenseman Cory Cross.
"He's had an All-Star year," general manager Rick Dudley said. "It's nice to see good guys do some things, and he's a good guy."
Modin and his 102.1 mph slap shot will be one of the favorites in the skills competition. An added benefit is the opportunity to get autographs.
Modin laughed but didn't dismiss the option.
"Maybe I can slip a stick in there," he said, "and say it's for somebody else."