Mike Modano is ready to call it a career at the age of 41. The 21-year NHL veteran announced his decision to walk away from the game via his Twitter account, which directed folks to his Facebook page.

Via Mike Modano’s Facebook athlete page:

“After a long summer of thinking about my future, I’ve come to the decision that it’s time to retire as a player from the NHL. There’s way too many people to thank here at this time and too much to say, so I have a press conference scheduled for early Friday afternoon. Check back Friday late afternoon for more. What a great ride it’s been!”

Book it, Friday afternoon press conference. We’re betting there’ll be some tears shed at this one.

Discussion around Modano will now shift from ‘what will he do?’ to ‘is he worthy of the Hall of Fame?’ (spoiler: he is), and can his relationship with the Dalls Stars/Minnesota North Stars franchise be patched up in an effort to retire as a member of the team he spent 20 seasons with?