Hossa skating with the Chicago Blackhawks
January 12, 1979 |
Stará Ľubovňa, Czechoslovakia
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
|Position||Right Wing/Left Wing|
Detroit Red Wings
HC Dukla Trenčín
|NHL Draft||12th overall, 1997
Marián Hossa (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈmarɪaːn ˈɦosa]; born January 12, 1979) is a Slovak professional ice hockey player who currently plays for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Hossa was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the first round (12th overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. After spending his first seven NHL seasons with the Senators, he has played for the Atlanta Thrashers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Red Wings, and his current team, the Chicago Blackhawks. Over the course of his career, he has made five NHL All-Star Game appearances and played in three consecutive Stanley Cup Finals' with three different teams before finally winning the Stanley Cup in 2009–10 with the Blackhawks. On December 8, 2011, Hossa became the 85th player in NHL history to score 400 career goals.
Playing career 
Ottawa Senators (1998–2004) 
Hossa was drafted in the first round, 12th overall, by the Ottawa Senators in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft from HC Dukla Trenčín of the Slovak Extraliga. Shortly thereafter, he was selected fifth overall in the 1997 Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Import Draft by the Portland Winter Hawks of the WHL, acquiring his major junior rights in the event that he did not immediately stick with the Senators in the NHL. In fact, after seven games in the NHL, the Senators assigned Hossa to junior and he tallied 45 goals and 40 assists for 85 points in 53 games with the Winter Hawks in 1997–98, earning him the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy as WHL rookie of the year, as well as CHL and WHL West First Team All-Star honors. He led the Winter Hawks to a President's Cup as WHL champions en route to the 1998 Memorial Cup championship. Late in the third period of a tied championship game against the Guelph Storm, Hossa collided with Guelph forward Ryan Davis and suffered a serious knee injury, forcing him out of the game. The Winterawks went on to clinch the championship in overtime and Hossa returned to the ice on a chair as his teammates pushed him around with the Memorial Cup to celebrate the victory. With seven points in four tournament games, Hossa was named to the Memorial Cup All-Star team, along with teammate Andrej Podkonický.
The injury kept Hossa from joining the Senators for his rookie season in 1998–99 until December. Despite missing two months, Hossa managed 15 goals and 15 assists for 30 points in 60 games to earn NHL All-Rookie honours and finish second to Colorado's Chris Drury in Calder Trophy voting for rookie of the year.
The following year, in 1999–2000, Hossa improved to 29 goals and 56 points. However, late in the season, on March 11, 2000, he was responsible for a tragic on-ice accident, carelessly high-sticking Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Bryan Berard on a follow-through. The resulting one-inch laceration nearly forced doctors to remove the eye and nearly ended Berard's career. Deeply regretful and concerned, Hossa went to visit Berard in hospital the next day to offer an apology to which Berard absolved him of any responsibility.
Hossa recorded 32 goals and 75 points in 2000–01, finishing second in team scoring behind Alexei Yashin and earning his first NHL All-Star Game appearance in Denver. In the off-season, his rookie contract expired and Hossa became a restricted free agent. Unable to come to terms before training camp for the 2001–02 season, Hossa sat out the first two weeks before signing a three-year, $8.5 million contract on September 26, 2001. Despite Hossa's lucrative new contract, his production would dip to 66 points in the first year of the deal.
He would regain form in 2002–03 with a career-high 45 goals and a team-leading 80 points, while competing in the 2003 NHL All-Star Game in Florida. He then led the Senators to a long 2003 playoff run where they were eliminated in seven games by the eventual Stanley Cup-champion New Jersey Devils in the conference finals. Hossa led the Senators with 16 points in 18 post-season games. The following season, he led the Senators in scoring for the second consecutive season with a personal best 82 points, then added four points in seven games in the playoffs as the Senators were eliminated by the Maple Leafs in the first round.
Due to the NHL lockout, Hossa spent the 2004–05 season in Europe. Beginning the season in Slovakia, he joined Mora IK of the Elitserien to play with his younger brother Marcel after 19 games with HC Dukla Trenčín. After 32 points in 24 games with Mora IK, Hossa returned to HC Dukla Trenčín where he completed the season for a total of 42 points in 22 games with the club.
Atlanta Thrashers (2006–2008) 
With NHL play set to resume the following season in 2005–06 and Hossa's previous contract expired, he signed a three-year, $18-million deal with the Senators. However, the contract only precipitated a deal that sent him that same day to the Atlanta Thrashers along with defenseman Greg de Vries for star forward Dany Heatley, who had requested a trade following the death of teammate Dan Snyder in a car crash for which Heatley was responsible. Hossa joined star winger Ilya Kovalchuk and scored 39 goals and 53 assists for 92 points, surpassing his previous personal best by ten points, in his first season with the Thrashers.
In the 2006–07 season, he made franchise history as the first Thrasher to score 100 points in one season, finishing with 43 goals and 57 assists; along with a plus/minus rating of +18. He was named to his third All-Star Game in Dallas where he notched four assists. In the final game of the regular season, Hossa recorded two assists against the Tampa Bay Lightning to achieve the 100-point mark, which still stands as the franchise's single-season points record. The season also marked the first division title and post-season appearance for the Thrashers, clinching the Southeast for the third playoff seed. Hossa, however, only managed one point in four games as the Thrashers were eliminated in the first round by the New York Rangers.
Pittsburgh Penguins (2008) 
In the last year of his contract with the Thrashers in 2007–08, the team and Hossa could not agree on an extension, Hossa was acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins at the trade deadline on February 26, 2008, along with Pascal Dupuis, in exchange for Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, prospect Angelo Esposito, and the Penguins' first-round pick in 2008 (Daultan Leveille). In his Penguins debut two days later, Hossa injured his medial collateral ligament in a knee-on-knee collision with Glen Murray of the Boston Bruins. He missed the next six contests before rejoining the team for the conclusion of the regular season, playing on a line with Dupuis and Sidney Crosby. Hossa completed the regular season with 66 points in 72 games split between the Thrashers and Penguins. He had also appeared in his fourth All-Star Game while still with the Thrashers as the host-city.
Complementing an already high-powered offense led by Evgeni Malkin and Crosby, Hossa proved to be a vital cog in the Penguins run to the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals. He scored his first playoff overtime goal in game five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, his second of the contest, against Henrik Lundqvist to clinch the series, putting the Penguins into the Conference Finals against the Philadelphia Flyers. Eliminating the Flyers in five games, Hossa and the Penguins met the Detroit Red Wings in the Final. After scoring the opening goal to help stave off elimination in a triple-overtime game five victory, Hossa scored his team-leading 12th and final post-season goal in the sixth and deciding game to pull the Penguins within one goal. However, the Penguins were ultimately defeated by the Red Wings 3–2. Hossa nearly forced overtime with the tying goal, but was stopped by goaltender Chris Osgood in the final seconds of the game. He finished third in playoff scoring with 26 points, behind Conn Smythe Trophy-winner Henrik Zetterberg of the Red Wings and linemate Sidney Crosby. Hossa's performance helped shed a reputation for postseason underachievement, as indicated by previous playoff dry spells with the Senators and Thrashers.
Detroit Red Wings (2008–2009) 
Despite a reported five-year contract offer worth $7 million annually from the Penguins in attempts to retain his services, on July 1, 2008, Hossa signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings worth $7.45 million. Hossa had also reportedly turned down a multi-year offer from the Edmonton Oilers worth at least $9 million per season. Hossa explained that he opted for the shorter-term contract in hopes of a better opportunity to win a Stanley Cup with the Red Wings. With Wings' veteran forward Kirk Maltby already wearing Hossa's number 18, Hossa switched to 81 with Detroit. Hossa notched his first goal as a Red Wing on October 18, an overtime winner against the New York Rangers, which also marked the 300th goal of his career. Hossa scored a goal in his return to Pittsburgh with the Red Wings on February 8, where he was heavily booed by the Pittsburgh fans.
After missing two games due to a neck injury late in the season, Hossa was taken off the ice in a stretcher after falling head first into the boards following a check from St. Louis Blues defenceman Roman Polák on March 3, 2009. Escaping serious injury after having laid motionless on the ice for several minutes, it was revealed that in addition to minor neck complications, Hossa also suffered a bruised knee and was listed as day-to-day. Despite the injury, Hossa returned to finish the season with a team-leading 40 goals for his third career 40-goal season.
Late in the regular season, on March 23, 2009, Hossa was quoted as saying he would like to sign a long-term career deal with the Red Wings for the upcoming season. He also stated he is willing to take less money to continue to play for Detroit, saying, "I know if I go somewhere else, I could have more, but I'm willing to take less to stay here. Hopefully things work out." Hossa's comments came just several months after the Red Wings signed forward Henrik Zetterberg to a twelve-year contract extension.
As the Red Wings attempted to defend their 2008 Stanley Cup championship, Hossa met his former team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, as the two clubs met for the second straight year in the Final. The prospect of Hossa losing to the team he left in order to secure a Stanley Cup championship received considerable media attention. Prior to eliminating the Chicago Blackhawks in the semi-finals, Hossa admitted meeting the Penguins in the finals "would definitely be very interesting." Ultimately, Hossa did, in fact, lose to his former team, falling by a 2–1 score in the seventh game. Immediately following the game, Hossa was asked whether he regretted his decision to leave the Penguins, to which he replied, "Regret? I don't regret it. It could be different circumstances if I sign in Pittsburgh, they probably couldn't sign some other players and they'd be a different team." Hossa finished the 2009 playoffs with six goals and nine assists for a total of 15 points over 23 games.
Chicago Blackhawks (2009–present) 
On July 1, 2009, Hossa signed a twelve-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks worth $62.8 million. The contract is front-loaded with $59.3 million due in the first eight years for an average cap hit of $5.2 million per season. It was also the most lucrative deal in team history until defenceman Duncan Keith signed a thirteen-year, $72 million contract several months later in December 2009. The signing of Hossa by the Blackhawks coincided with the departure of the team's leading scorer and MVP from the previous season, Martin Havlat, to the Minnesota Wild that same day. Shortly after signing Hossa, the team disclosed that the veteran forward was still rehabilitating a shoulder injury he sustained during the previous postseason. The injury required Hossa to undergo surgery, and caused him to miss the first eight weeks of the season.
Hossa's contract negotiations became the subject of controversy in early August. On July 31, the Ottawa Sun originally reported that the NHL launched an investigation on Hossa's long-term deal. Because the contract is front-loaded and expires by the time Hossa is 42, it was speculated whether retirement before expiry of the contract was part of the Blackhawks' negotiations. Such an agreement would be considered by the NHL to be a circumvention of the salary cap and collective bargaining agreement subject to fines or the loss of draft picks.
During the Blackhawks first playoff series in 2010, Hossa received a five-minute major penalty for boarding Nashville Predators defenceman Dan Hamhuis. With 13.6 seconds left in regulation, Hossa's teammate Patrick Kane tied the game. In the overtime, Hossa scored the game-winning goal shortly after exiting the penalty box. Since Hamhuis was not injured, the NHL did not fine or suspend Hossa. On May 23, 2010, the Chicago Blackhawks swept the San Jose Sharks to earn a trip to the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, and sending Hossa to the Final for the third straight year with his third different team, a first in the NHL. Fans and the media had dubbed Hossa's inability to win the Stanley Cup while going to the finals the 'Hossa Curse' or the 'Hossa Hex'. On June 9, 2010, Hossa finally lifted his first Stanley Cup. Chicago captain Jonathan Toews handed the Cup to Hossa first during the team pass-around.
In 2011–12, Hossa served as an alternate captain with Chicago. He also was picked eighth-overall by Team Chara in the 2nd annual All-Star fantasy draft. In the 2012 All-Star Game, Hossa scored one goal and had two assists in a 12–9 win against Team Alfredsson. On March 20, 2012, Hossa scored his 900th NHL-career point (417 goals, 483 assists) in his 970th game played with a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets. In the first period of game three of the opening round of the 2012 Western Conference Quarter Finals he was taken off the ice on a stretcher and briefly hospitalized after being hit by Phoenix's Raffi Torres. Torres was suspended 25 games by the NHL for the hit, though it was later reduced to 21 games after an NHLPA appeal.
International play 
Early in his career, Hossa represented Slovakia in two World Junior Championships, in 1997 and 1998. Also appearing in his first World Championships in 1997, tallying two points as an eighteen-year-old, Hossa has made seven appearances in the tournament throughout his career. Despite personal World Championship best seven-point performances in 1999, 2004, 2005 and 2006, Hossa has remained medal-less with Slovakia.
He made his Olympics debut at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City, tallying six points in only two games for Slovakia. In the subsequent 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Hossa accumulated ten points in six games, but Slovakia was kept from the podium. During the 2010 Winter Olympics, Hossa scored the game-tying goal in the third period against Russia during the preliminary round.
Personal life 
Hossa was born in Stará Ľubovňa, Czechoslovakia, to František Hossa, a former head coach of the Slovak national ice hockey team, and Mária Hossová, a clothing designer. His younger brother by two years, Marcel Hossa, drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 2000, followed in his footsteps playing for both of Marián's previous junior teams, HC Dukla Trenčín and the Portland Winter Hawks; while the two have played together for Mora IK of the Elitserien during the 2004–05 NHL lockout and on the Slovak national team in the World Championships and Winter Olympics. Coincidentally, they were both dealt by their NHL teams on the day of the 2007–08 trade deadline – Marián from the Atlanta Thrashers to the Pittsburgh Penguins and Marcel from the New York Rangers to the Phoenix Coyotes. The younger Hossa is currently playing overseas with HC Lev Praha of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Marián is good friends with fellow Slovak, Marián Gáborík of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
- June 21, 1997 – Drafted by the Ottawa Senators twelfth-overall in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.
- September 26, 2001 – Re-signed with the Ottawa Senators to a three-year, $8.5 million contract.
- August 23, 2005 – Re-signed with the Ottawa Senators to a three-year, $18-million contract.
- August 23, 2005 – Traded to the Atlanta Thrashers by the Ottawa Senators with Greg de Vries for Dany Heatley.
- February 26, 2008 – Traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins by the Atlanta Thrashers with Pascal Dupuis for Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, Angelo Esposito, and Pittsburgh's first-round choice in 2008 ( the Thrashers selected Daultan Leveille ).
- July 2, 2008 – Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Detroit Red Wings to a one-year $7.45 million contract.
- July 1, 2009 – Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Chicago Blackhawks to a twelve-year $62.8 million contract.
Career statistics 
|1995–96||HC Dukla Trenčín Jr.||SVK-Jr.||53||42||49||91||26||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996–97||HC Dukla Trenčín||SVK||46||25||19||44||33||7||5||5||10||—|
|1997–98||Portland Winter Hawks||WHL||53||45||40||85||50||16||13||6||19||6|
|2001–02||HC Dukla Trenčín||SVK||8||3||4||7||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||HC Dukla Trenčín||SVK||25||22||20||42||38||5||4||5||9||14|
|2008–09||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||74||40||31||71||63||22||6||9||15||10|
|Junior int'l totals||12||9||6||15||14|
|Senior int'l totals||71||29||38||67||38|
All-Star Games 
WHL and CHL 
|WHL West First All-Star Team||1998|
|Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy (WHL Rookie of the Year)||1998|
|CHL First All-Star Team||1998|
|President's Cup (WHL champions)||1998|
|Memorial Cup Tournament All-Star Team||1998|
|NHL All-Rookie Team||1999|
|NHL All-Star Game||2001, 2003, 2007, 2008, and 2012|
|NHL All-Star Team||2009 NHL Second All-Star Team|
|Stanley Cup||2009-2010 NHL season|
See also 
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- "NHLPA PLAYER BIO: Marian Hossa". Retrieved September 13, 2006.
- "NHLPA PLAYER BIO: Marian Hossa". Retrieved 2006–09–13.
- "Playing with a heavy heart". Sports Illustrated. April 24, 2000. Retrieved March 5, 2009.
- "2000–01 Ottawa Senators [NHL]". Hockeydb. Retrieved March 5, 2009.
- "Hossa, Senators reach deal". CBC. September 26, 2001. Retrieved March 5, 2009.
- "2002–03 Ottawa Senators [NHL]". Hockeydb. Retrieved March 5, 2009.
- "Hossa jumps to Swedish league". CBC. November 11, 2004. Retrieved March 5, 2009.
- Diamos, Jason (August 24, 2005). "Thrashers Trade Heatley to Senators for Hossa". New York Times. Retrieved March 5, 2009.
- Odum, Charles (April 7, 2007). "Playoff-Bound Thrashers Win Finale". Washington Post. Retrieved March 5, 2009.
- "Penguins get Hossa, hoping he's the missing piece". ESPN. February 27, 2008. Retrieved March 5, 2009.
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- "Hossa's OT goal gives Penguins 3–2 win, ends Rangers season". USA Today. May 4, 2008. Retrieved March 5, 2009.
- "Hossa's playoff performance silencing critics". National Hockey League. June 3, 2008. Retrieved March 5, 2009.
- Molinari, Dave (June 5, 2008). "Penguins' late rally falls short". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved March 5, 2009.
- Red Wings sign Hossa to one-year contract
- "Hossa signs one-year deal with Stanley Cup champs". ESPN.
- "The official word on Hossa: no presser, and he's wearing #81".
- "Hossa's OT goal gives Wings 5–4 win over Rangers". USA Today. October 18, 2008. Retrieved March 5, 2009.
- "Wings Hossa leaves ice on stretcher". National Post. Canada. March 4, 2009. Retrieved March 5, 2009.[dead link]
- "Marian Hossa has bruise knee too, is day-to-day". Detroit Free Press. March 5, 2009. Retrieved March 5, 2009.[dead link]
- "Hossa said he is willing to take less money". Detroit Free Press. March 23, 2009. Retrieved May 12, 2009.[dead link]
- "Marian Hossa's quiet post-season play could play well into former team's hands". ESPN. June 6, 2009. Retrieved July 22, 2009.
- Kovacevic, Dejan (May 25, 2009). "For Hossa, final vs. Penguins would be 'interesting'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved July 21, 2009.
- St. James, Helene (June 13, 2009). "Marian Hossa laments being Cup runner-up again". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved June 13, 2009.[dead link]
- McGran, Kevin (June 13, 2009). "Marian Hossa has no regrets for leaving Penguins". Toronto Star. Retrieved July 22, 2009.
- Wyshynski, Greg (July 1, 2009). "Good/Bad/Ugly: The top 10 free-agent wingers". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved July 23, 2009.
- TSN.ca, staff (July 1, 2009). "BLACKHAWKS SIGN HOSSA TO MULTI-YEAR CONTRACT". TSN. Retrieved August 3, 2009.
- "Hawks announce Kane, Toews and Keith extensions". The Sports Network. December 3, 2009. Retrieved December 3, 2009.
- "Blackhawks' Hossa battling shoulder injury". TSN. July 22, 2009. Retrieved July 22, 2009.
- Kuc, Chris (July 23, 2009). "New Chicago Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa has shoulder injury". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 3, 2009.
- "NHL looking into Hossa contract". Yahoo! Sports. Associated Press. July 31, 2009. Retrieved August 3, 2009.
- "Sources: NHL invesetigates Marion Hossa, Chris Pronger contracts". ESPN. August 1, 2009. Retrieved October 16, 2009.
- Associated Press (November 26, 2009). "Hossa scores twice in Blackhawks debut". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved November 26, 2009.
- TSN.CA Staff. "Hossa hopes third trip to final leads to Stanley Cup glory". Retrieved May 27, 2010.
- ADAM L. JAHNS. "Hossa aiming to end talk he's a Cup 'curse'". Retrieved May 26, 2010.[dead link]
- "Hossa's 900th Point Video". NHL.com. Retrieved March 21, 2012.
- "Hossa deal highlight of trade deadline". CBC. February 26, 2008. Retrieved March 5, 2009.
- "Hossa Adds Another Ring". July 23, 2010. Retrieved June 24, 2011.
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