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The Glory Days Of Marian Hossa

Published April 5, 2022 at 10:49

Marian Hossa and the Chicago Blackhawks announced today, that they've agreed on a one day contract so Hossa can officially retire a Blackhawk.

To many, Marian Hossa is the greatest free agent signing in Chicago sports history. Originally drafted 12th overall by Ottawa in 1997, Hossa spent seven years with the Senators posting very respectable numbers every year.

Hossa really came on the scene when he went to the Atlanta Thrashers in the 2005-2006 season. He felt right at home as he accrued for over 90 points in both of his full seasons for the Thrashers and even hitting the century mark in the 2006-2007 season.

The following year Hossa was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for their run at the cup. In just 12 regular season games Hossa had 10 points. He really made his impact in the playoffs where he tallied a total of 26 points in 20 games. Unfortunately for Hoss, the Penguins fell to the Detroit Redwings in the Stanley Cup final.

Hossa then signed a one year deal with those same Redwings the following year. After failing to hoist Lord Stanley this was clearly him chasing the dream to get his name on the cup. Hossa was no slouch in Detroit potting 40 goals in the regular season for the Wings. Marian found himself in another deep cup run as the Redwings ran through the playoffs and made it to the Stanley Cup final for the second straight year. Untimely falling to the Penguins, Hossa was credited with 15 points in 23 playoff games.

After making two straight Stanley Cup finals and losing, Marian Hossa signed with the Chicago Blackhawks on July 1st, 2009. In the shortened season, Hossa made an immediate impact in Chicago scoring 51 points in 57 games and helped lead the Hawks to their first Stanley Cup victory since 1961. Marian Hossa is the only player in NHL history to make it to the Stanley Cup final three years in a row on three different teams.

After three Stanley Cup victories in Chicago, Hossa left the game of hockey due to a rare skin condition he battled throughout his illustrious career. The Blackhawks traded his rights to the Arizona Coyotes but sadly Hossa would never play a professional game again.

The five time all star's trophy case isn't full of individual awards but still has 3 Stanley Cups in his honor to go along with his silver stick for playing 1000 NHL games. The lack of individual awards rightfully didn't keep Hossa out of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Being inducted in 2020, that was the cherry on top to an unbelievable career.

Marian Hossa will go down as one of the best two-way players to ever play the game. The definition of a pro's pro. Today the Chicago Blackhawks and Hossa announced that they've agreed on a one day contract. This gives the organization and Hossa the opportunity to go out the way they both want to, with Marian wearing the Blackhawks sweater. Congratulations on a great career Big Hoss.

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The Glory Days Of Marian Hossa

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