Modano's parents won't be at Sat. game

Mike Modano's parents, Karen and Mike, will not see their son play against Minnesota in what could be his final game in a Stars uniform.

The reason: nonrefundable cruise tickets. They had planned a family cruise, and it departs that day.

“It’s so expensive, and it’s nonrefundable,” Karen Modano said. “I said to my husband, ‘Oh no. This is one of the only times Mike has ever asked us to come to a game and we can’t go.’ I can’t believe it.”

Karen Modano does not want her son to retire.

“I’m really hoping we squeeze another year out of him,” Karen Modano said Thursday from her home in Westland, Mich. “I’ve told him that a thousand times. 'What are you going to do? You’re going to be so bored. All you have is hockey.' He said he’d play golf. But you can only play golf so much.”

For more, check out my story on ESPN Dallas' home page.