Modano, Ford Divorcing: Hockey Star Splits From Actress Wife

Mike Modano and wife Willa Ford are divorcing, calling an end to their marriage after just five years.

A spokesman for the former NHL player confirmed that Modano and Ford are divorcing but didn’t have any other details, Fox Sports reported. The couple married in Athens, Texas in 2007.

“It is with great sadness that after five years of marriage, Willa and Mike have decided to divorce,” the pair told People in a statement.

Modano retired before the beginning of the 2011 NHL season as the highest-scoring American-born player in league history, tallying 561 goals and 1,374 points. He played 21 seasons with the Stars franchise, following it on its relocation from Minnesota to Dallas. He also played one season with the Detroit Red Wings.

Modano had the chance to lift the Stanley Cup in 1999 when the Dallas Stars defeated the Buffalo Sabres for his sport’s championship. During the 22 year career, Modano was also nominated for a number of hockey’s biggest awards including the Calder Memorial Trophy and Frank J. Selke Trophy.

The 31-year-old Ford appeared on Dancing With the Stars in 2006 and currently stars in the television drama Magic City, which airs on Starz.

Ford, who once dated Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, made her mark as a singer with the 2001 single “I Wanna Be Bad.” Her other acting credits include a role in 2009’s Friday the 13th remake and the title character in The Anna Nicole Smith Story, which was released on DVD in 2009.

Despite Modano and Ford divorcing, the couple has vowed to remain friends, issuing a statement that their split is amicable.