Marian Hossa will sign a one-day contract to officially retire as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks, the organization announced Tuesday.
Hossa will sign the contract at 6:15 PM Thursday, April 7 in the United Center Atrium prior to Chicago’s 7:30 PM game against the Seattle Kraken. The Slovakian received a loud ovation from Blackhawks fans Sunday during a pregame ceremony to celebrate Jonathan Toews’ 1,000 NHL game accomplishment.
A first-ballot Hockey Hall of Fame inductee in 2020, Hossa signed as a free agent with the Chicago Blackhawks in July 2009. He played a key role in winning three Stanley Cup championships (2010, 2013, 2015) with the Blackhawks. He’s also the only NHL player to play in the Cup Final in three straight seasons with three different teams (Pittsburgh 2008, Detroit 2009, Chicago 2010).
“The Blackhawks and city of Chicago hold a special place in my heart,” Hossa said in a release. “Making the commitment to this organization in 2009 was the best decision I ever made. For all the memories my teammates and I made together, including three Stanley Cup wins, my family created just as many off the ice. The fans embraced us as one of their own, treating us so kindly wherever we went. Retiring as a Blackhawk is a dream come true and I couldn’t imagine officially ending my career in any other way. I would like to thank the Wirtz family for making this a reality and for all they have done for me since I signed with the team.”
In 2018, Marian Hossa hung up the skates on his NHL career prematurely due to a skin condition. He scored 1,134 points (525 goals, 609 assists) in 1,309 games with the Senators (1998-2004), Thrashers (2005-08), Penguins (2008), Red Wings (2008-09), and Blackhawks (2009-17). He scored at least 30 goals in eight seasons and at least 40 goals three times.
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