"Mike is a player our team looks up to," U.S. coach Peter Laviolette, who also coaches the Carolina Hurricanes, said. "He leads both on and off the ice, and that's extremely important."
Modano, a 16-year NHL veteran, has played in the world championships (1990, 1993), the Olympics (1998, 2002) and two World Cups of Hockey (1996, 2004).
The United States, bronze-medal winners at last year's worlds, faces Slovenia on Sunday. The 16-team tournament starts Saturday and ends May 15 in Vienna.