November 30th, 2010
11:13 AM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people

  Mike Modano

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  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."

Steven Posner

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.

Andrew Robathan

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.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. terry schmidt

    Now he knows how Steve Moore feels – karma is a funny thing!

    November 30, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • JVM

      Yeah, maybe if this was Todd Bertuzzi. I assume that's who you meant, since he was the one who injured Steve Moore. Maybe you should learn a little bit more about the subject matter before you make idiotic, wasteful comments about a legend like Mike Modano.

      November 30, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Probert's Liver

      What in the hell does any of this have to do with Steve Moore? You should reserve your comments for TSN – all the idiots post there.

      November 30, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Scuba777

      Whaaa? It was Todd Bertuzzi that took Moore out. Do you actually follow hockey? I thought not.

      November 30, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • TexasStarsFan

      Modano is one of the classiest players in the NHL and a pillar of the community. Better watch out for your karma, Terry.

      November 30, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • JosieD

      Wow dude- you're a moron. Modano is an amazing, classy guy. Do some homework, idiot, before you mouth off.

      November 30, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canuck

      That makes about as much sense as blaming Tom Brady's recent injury on OJ Simpson.

      November 30, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kayla

    Terry he never had anything to do with the Steve Moore. How is karma a funny thing when he had nothing to do with it to begin with? Good Luck Mike!

    November 30, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. Whatareyoutalkingabout

    Modano was on the Stars when Steve Moore was injured by Todd Bertuzzi of the Canucks. Wrong person. I dont see how that is karma at all.

    November 30, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bobble

    What a wrong comment to make about Modano. Moore was on Colorado and injured by Bertuzzi of the Canucks. Maybe if Brian Burke or Brad May were involved then yes remote karma as they were remotely involved in Moores injuries. Good luck Mike hope things work out for you.

    November 30, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. Frank

    About Posner.
    Any time your running over 100 knots on water you risk being killed in an accident.At 67 he probably still felt he was immortal.Well,his luck ran out.

    November 30, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • JosieD

      Um.... Do you know Terry?

      November 30, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Canuck

    Mike Modano has always been a class act. He came into the league the same year as another great player and class act, Trevor Linden, and these two guys have always been a shining example of sportsmanship and ability. It would be sad for Modano to go out this way, but it doesn't take away the decades of success he brought to himself, his teams, his fans and the NHL. Never a Stars fan, but always a Modano fan.

    November 30, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. SF Resident

    Modano is a class act. Should this injury curtail his career, he should know that he has represented himself and the game of hockey with dignity, class and sportsmanship. Next stop – Hall of Fame.

    November 30, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. steven

    who really cares

    November 30, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. steven

    hall of fame lol

    November 30, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |