Blackhawks: Marian Hossa ruled eligible for Hall of Fame
By Ryan Fedrau
After a few years out of the league, the NHL has ruled Marian Hossa eligible to be voted into the Hall of Fame. Will the former Chicago Blackhawks’ forward be voted in?
As spoken on the other day, yes Marian Hossa should be a first-ballot Hall of Famer, but does the committee see it the same way? Hossa had an amazing career that spanned almost 20 seasons. Even if you take a look at his numbers with the Chicago Blackhawks, he could be inducted just from that.
In Chicago, Hossa won three Stanley Cups and had 415 points in just eight seasons. He was apart of many solid teams, going to the Western Conference Finals in four of his eight years with the team.
Hossa hit many milestones with the team, including being the 80th NHL player to hit 1,000 career-points. He is also one of a select few players to score 500 goals and assist on 500 more. That’s a mark that Patrick Kane might not even hit.
Throughout his career, Hossa had 1,134 points in 1,309 games, playing for five different teams, the longest being the Blackhawks. In eight of his 19 seasons, Hossa scored 30-plus goals. In three of them, he scored 40-plus goals.
In 205 playoff games, Hossa has 149 points, with 73 of the points coming during his time in Chicago. He adds six career game-winning goals in overtime in 107 playoff appearances in a Blackhawk jersey.
Hossa has been a player who was under many people’s radars his whole career. He was never awarded a Selke trophy or a Byng Trophy. He never was given the recognition he deserved. It’s about time the league gave him the recognition he deserves this week by voting Hossa into the Hall of Fame, class of 2020.
Hossa has been stubbed too many times, it’s about time he’s gotten something he’s deserved his whole career, him being a first-ballot Hall of Famer.