The ending of Marian Hossa‘s career is one of the most tragic endings in NHL history. Obviously, ending a career due to an injury could be worse, but this was very upsetting. I was keeping this list to players who are currently in the league, and technically Hossa is.
For those who don’t know, Hossa is under contract with the Coyotes until the finish of the 2020-21 NHL season. This reasoning is because of the way his contract was structured, the Blackhawks couldn’t afford to pay him if he retired. So, Hossa was traded to the Coyotes, who needed to add money to hit the minimum amount of money spent in their cap space.
Hossa still could play today I believe, if he didn’t have a skin disorder that makes him allergic to his equipment. There are rumors that Hossa will join the Blackhawks in some sort of capacity after his contract runs out. That would be awesome to see him around the franchise again.
The 534 games Hossa played with the Blackhawks saw him score 186 goals, have 229 assists, which totals to 415 points, and win two Stanley Cups.
The Hossa story of him going to the Stanley Cup two years in a row and losing on separate teams is very depressing. I’m just glad he won his first Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks. Winning another two was just icing on the cake.
He made the team better, and they’ve still not been the same since losing him. It just shows how important he was to the depth of this team, and Jonathan Toews. It would be an honor to see him play in Chicago again, even though it’ll never happen.
If he ends up coaching or being involved with the franchise in any way, that’ll be one of the most exciting things to happen to the Blackhawks in a few years.