The veteran Detroit Red Wings center suffered a career-threatening injury over the weekend when an opposing player's skate severed a tendon in his right wrist.
"Once the skate hit me, the pain was really sharp, and I knew something was wrong," Modano said in a telephone interview with the Detroit Free Press. "When I looked in the glove and saw the type of bleeding there was, I knew something was really wrong. I knew it wasn't going to be good news."
Modano, 40, underwent surgery to repair the tendon and nerve damage. His right arm is immobilized, but surgeons attached elastic bands to his fingertips to help him flex his fingers and prevent scar tissue from forming, he told the Free Press.
With 1,367 points, the Westland, Michigan, native is the highest-scoring American-born player in National Hockey League history, according to NHL.com. He spent 20 years with the Stars franchise in Minnesota and Texas before the Red Wings signed him last summer.
"I'd be devastated if my career ends like this," he told the Free Press. "Hopefully I can come back and play. But this has been a real bummer."
The real-estate billionaire and another man were killed Monday in a high-speed boat collision in Florida's Biscayne Bay, the Miami Herald reported.
Posner, 67, and a friend were drag racing in high-performance catamarans, capable of going more than 100 mph, when Posner's boat struck the other, according to the paper.
Both boats had three people aboard, officials told CNN affiliate WPLG. Posner's cousin, Stuart Posner, suffered critical injuries and was taken to a hospital by helicopter, WPLG reported. The other dead man's name was not released.
Posner was the son of corporate raider Victor Posner. Both men were involved in the Drexel Burnham Lambert securities fraud case in the 1980s headlined by Michael Milken.
The Posner family remained in the news for years during a drawn-out dispute over how to divide the family fortune.
Britain's defense personnel minister has decided not to change the United Kingdom's policy of keeping female personnel off the front lines of combat, the BBC is reporting.
"Women are fundamental to the operational effectiveness of Britain's armed forces, bringing talent and skills across the board," the BBC quoted Robathan as saying. "Their capability is not in doubt; they win the highest decorations for valour and demonstrate independence and initiative."
Nevertheless, a military review concluded that their presence in infantry and tactical combat teams would have no tangible positive effect.
The same review determined that women on the front lines could make an unforeseen impact on team cohesion and could have "far-reaching and grave consequences," leading Robathan to maintain the status quo, according to the BBC.