After spending the past five years away from the team/game due to a skin condition, Marian Hossa has been increasingly involved with the Blackhawks this season. And now, the recently elected Hall-of-Famer will sign a one-day deal with the team in order to retire as a Blackhawk.
“The Blackhawks and the city of Chicago hold a special place in my heart,” Hossa said in a statement. “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.”
OFFICIAL: Hossa will sign a one-day contract and officially retire as a Blackhawk this Thursday! ✍️ pic.twitter.com/SDLB6wQr8m
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Hossa played 19 seasons in the NHL with the Blackhawks, Senators, Thrashers, Penguins, and Red Wings, scoring 525 goals and 1,134 points while winning three Stanley Cups (all with the Blackhawks) and a Memorial Cup championship.
Hossa will be one of the greatest two-way players in NHL history, but he is also widely considered the single most significant free-agent signing in Chicago sports history. Hossa’s 12-year, $64.2 million deal in July 0f 2009 was the final piece that helped propel their talented young core to three Stanley Cups in five years.