4. Marian Hossa
The Marian Hossa story goes like this. Hossa went to the Stanley Cup in back-to-back years, only to lose both times.
Hossa, 40, played with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2008 and lost to the Detroit Red Wings in the finals. One year later, he signed with Detroit and they ended up losing to the Penguins in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Marian Hossa is well accomplished with an impressive resume. He had a fantastic career that came to a sad ending.
He finally got to touch the cup during his 3rd year in a row going to the Stanley Cup Finals. This year, it was with the Chicago Blackhawks.
During his run in Chicago, Hossa won 3 Stanley Cups and played some amazing playoff hockey, including the game against Nashville where he got a 5-minute major penalty and came out of the box in overtime to score the game-winning goal.
Hossa went from an unlucky, elite player to a legend in Chicago in the matter of a couple of years.
Hossa after he signed a 12-year deal to play in Chicago, played 8 seasons, and then ended up being diagnosed with a skin disorder which forced him into early retirement.
The end of his career was tragic, but when you look back on what he accomplished and the things he did in Chicago, Hossa deserves to be on this list at number 4. He made the Blackhawks’ young stars better players and he was great in the locker room.
Marian Hossa is another Blackhawk that will be in the Hall of Fame one day, and a guy like Stan Bowman or Coach Q should be the one to induct him.
At the end of the day, we all love Hossa and it was great to see number 81 in a Blackhawks’ uniform for 8 years.