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Blackhawks to Retire Marian Hossa’s No. 81

Marian Hossa Number Retired
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Marian Hossa will have his No. 81 retired by the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2022-23 season, the team announced Thursday.

The announcement was made during the first period of Chicago’s 2-0 loss to the Seattle Kraken at the United Center.

Hossa, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame last November, signed a one-day contract Thursday to retire with the Blackhawks. The forward won three Stanley Cup championships with Chicago (2010, 2013, and 2015). A progressive skin disorder ended his playing career after the 2016-17 season.

Hossa scored 1,134 points (525 goals, 609 assists) in 1,309 games for the Senators (1998-2004), Thrashers (2005-08), Penguins (2008), Red Wings (2008-09), and Blackhawks (2009-17). He had 149 points (52 goals, 97 assists) in 205 Stanley Cup Playoff games and played in the Stanley Cup Final five times. He is the only player to play in the Final in three straight seasons with three teams.

Hossa played the final eight seasons of his 19-year NHL career with the Blackhawks after signing a 12-year contract on July 1, 2009. He had 415 points (186 goals, 229 assists) in 534 regular-season games for Chicago. Hossa added 73 points (21 goals, 52 assists) in 107 playoff games with the Blackhawks.

Hossa will be the eighth player to have his number retired by the Blackhawks, joining goaltenders Glenn Hall (No. 1) and Tony Esposito (No. 35), defensemen Pierre Pilote and Keith Magnuson (each No. 3), and forwards Bobby Hull (No. 9), Denis Savard (No. 18) and Stan Mikita (No. 21).

Retired Blackhawks numbers

No. 1 – Glenn Hall (Nov. 20, 1988)

No. 3 – Pierre Pilote/Keith Magnuson (Nov. 12, 2008)

No. 9 – Bobby Hull (Dec. 18, 1983)

No. 18 – Denis Savard (March 19, 1998)

No. 21 – Stan Mikita (Oct. 19, 1980)

No. 35 – Tony Esposito (Nov. 20, 1988)

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Brandon is a contributor for On Tap Sports Net covering the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Steel. He also covers the Blackhawks as an independent correspondent for NHL.com. Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonmcain.

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