NHL Gossip: Mike Modano and Willa Ford Calling It Quits After Five Years

By Stephanie Lewark

The latest NHL gossip going around the hockey blogosphere is that recently retired Dallas Stars and Detroit Red Wings star, Mike Modano, and his famous actress / singer wife, Willa Ford, are getting divorced after five years of marriage.

Ford’s representative gave a joint statement exclusively to PEOPLE Magazine:

“It is with great sadness that after five years of marriage, Willa and Mike have decided to divorce. They remain friends and wish each other success and happiness.”

Modano and Ford were engaged back in 2006 after dating for four years and got married in 2007 at a private ranch in Athens, Texas.

Modano, 42, was drafted in the first round of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft (first overall) by the Minnesota North Stars and spent the vast majority of his hockey career with that organization (which eventually moved to Dallas).  He won a Stanley Cup with them in 1999.  After signing with and playing for Detroit for a single season, Modano retired in 2011.  He signed an honorary, one-day contract with the Stars in order to retire as a member of his original team.

Many will recall Ford, 31, from the third season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”  She also made a less memorable appearance as a host of the first season of UFC‘s reality television show, “The Ultimate Fighter” in 2005. 

Stephanie Lewark is a featured Pittsburgh Penguins columnist for RantSports.com. If you enjoy her articles / posts, you can follow her on Twitter (@steelcitysports), check out her personal Facebook page (via Networked Blogs), visit her personal Tumblr page, or stop by her Pinterest page.

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