Chicago Blackhawks- Marian Hossa Days Until Banner Raising

By Keith Schultz

We had so much fun doing our Countdown to Faceoff series last season that we decided to do it again.  In case you’re new to the series, we’ll do a roster preview as we count down the days until the Chicago Blackhawks raise their 6th Stanley Cup Banner on October 7th season opener against the New York Rangers.

I remember how excited I was the day the Chicago Blackhawks inked Marian Hossa to a deal to become a member of a young, up and coming team, but there was a catch. He wouldn’t start the season right away. After a two straight trips to the Stanley Cup Final only to come up empty handed both times, Hossa needed some work done and then he would join the Hawks.

Finally on November 25th Marian Hossa joined the Chicago Blackhawks on their circus trip in San Jose and only scored twice including a shorty

Marian Hossa of course does more than score goals, in my humble opinion he’s one one of the best if not the best two-way players in the NHL, and if it wasn’t for the people that vote for the Selke only voting for centerman Hossa would have brought home that hardware during his career.  He can dominate shifts unlike anyone else on the team the past 6 seasons.

He does have a knack for getting those sensational goals though like this one in the opening round of the 2010 playoffs against the Nashville Predators.

Hossa of course finally was able to lift the Stanley Cup for the first time in 2010 helping the Chicago Blackhawks end the 49 year drought that had hung over the franchise for nearly half a century while exericising his own demons by winning the Cup on his third try.

Nothing has seemed to change for #81 since coming to Chicago, he’s one of the hardest workers on the team, and he’s been part of the core of the franchise guiding them to 3 Stanley Cups in 6 seasons.

Hossa has hit some milestones while playing for Chicago, He’s hit the 1,000 games played mark and he’s eclipsed 1,000 career points in the past calendar year.  He’s the model of consistency and it’s hard to believe there is even a debate on whether or not he’s a Hall Of Famer.  He’s been to 5 of the last 7 Stanley Cup Finals and has won 3 out of the last 6! He’s a gamer and a champion and we all should be grateful that he wears #81 every night in Chicago!

What are your best memories of Marian Hossa? Only 81 more days until another Stanley Cup banner is lifted to the rafters of the United Center.

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