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Chicago Blackhawks’ Top Marian Hossa’s Moments In Windy City

By John Aubert
NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 20: Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) is shown during game four of Round One of the Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Nashville Predators and the Chicago Blackhawks, held on April 20, 2017, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Danny Murphy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 20: Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) is shown during game four of Round One of the Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Nashville Predators and the Chicago Blackhawks, held on April 20, 2017, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Danny Murphy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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After serving 18 years in the National Hockey League, the great Marian Hossa has decided to hang up his skates. It became apparent Hossa wasn’t going to return to the ice with the Chicago Blackhawks after an allergy that deterred him from wearing basic hockey equipment last season.

It’s a sad time for Chicago Blackhawk fans. One of the most beloved sports figures in the spirited hockey town has been forced to call it quits and leave his legacy behind 39 years of age.

Marian Hossa’s journey was long and well-endured, but just a little short for fans who loved every minute of his nature on the ice. With his departure, we’re taking a look at Hossa’s top moments as a Chicago Blackhawk.

Two-goal debut and peek into the future:

After having two stellar years with both the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Detroit Red Wings, the Blackhawks nearly stole Hossa’s talent in the offseason of the 2009-10 season.

After missing the first month of the year, Hossa made up for his absence by lighting two goals in his debut in the good ol’ Indian Head sweater. His resilience with the puck, as well as his scoring attitude, truly showed what the future held with Hossa in the lineup. However, I don’t think we really knew how great he would become.

Overtime goal against Nashville in 2010

Out of all the iconic goals Hossa has scored, this one strikes ‘Hawks fans in the heart. Game 5 of a first-round playoff series against the Nashville Predators at home, where the ‘Hawks rallied to force overtime. They needed a hero.

If there was one person in that locker room who would do anything, anything at all to get another chance to grasp Lord Stanley, it would be Hossa, who fell short two straight years in the Stanley Cup Final.

After coming out of the box from a crucifying five-minute boarding penalty, Hossa did exactly what a smart player would do: get out of the box and do your job on the ice as if nothing happened.

In his return, Hossa went straight to the front of the net, buried a rebound from Brent Sopel and brought the ‘Hawks up 3-2 in that series. A remarkable moment that truly showed his character, as well as his attitude to accomplish anything.

Hossa finally lifts the Stanley Cup

After losing to the Red Wings in the 2008 Stanley Cup Final with the Penguins and then taking a complete swap and going to the Red Wings in 2009 to take a chance to repeat, only to be served a loss by his former team in the Final, Hossa seemed down and out — struck with disapproval from the hockey gods.

Until finally, at last, with the young core the Blackhawks had, he finally broke his restraints and got his long-awaited date with Lord Stanley after Patrick Kane‘s overtime goal in Game 6 against the Philadelphia Flyers. Sometimes, the best things are worth waiting for.

Hose’s 500th goal

Hossa’s 500th goal was special, as it was the final stretch that brought him closer to an eventual Hockey Hall of Fame invitation. After a terrible season in 2015-16, Hossa was left at 499 goals until the next season began. He wouldn’t take long in the next endeavor, as just four games into the year he scored his milestone 500th career goal on a backhand five-hole goal that sent the Madhouse on Madison wild.

Oh, and you can’t forget that cute moment he had with his daughter during his congratulatory ceremony. That’s one for the ages.

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With all that, the look down memory lane is complete and now we’re forced to sit back and thank Marian Hossa for all that he’s done. He will forever be the demigod, Chicago’s 200-foot game monster, and one of the most accomplished Blackhawks to have ever played the game. We thank you, Hossa, for all the great memories, and we wish you a happy retirement.

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