Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | October 26, 2011

Man of the Day 10/26: Marian Hossa

Marián Hossa

Born January 12, 1979 (age 32) in Stará Ľubovňa, Slovakia

Right/left winger for the Chicago Blackhawks

(Emma asked me to do one more profile for her, and I couldn’t say no. Don’t worry guys, she’ll be back tomorrow!)

After the wicked beautiful goal Hoss made in last night’s game against the Anaheim Ducks, Emma and I decided he needed his day. It all began with HC Dukla Trenčín, where he played for their junior and senior teams. After he was drafted in 1997 by the Ottawa Senators, he played with the WHL’s Portland Winter Hawks when the Sens sent him to juniors. He earned 85 points in 53 games and was named WHL rookie of the year as well as helping the Winter Hawks win the President’s Cup and the Memorial Cup (although he’d hurt his knee during that game and was pushed around in a chair with the Cup by his teammates). That injury kept him from immediately starting his rookie year in 1998, but he did get 30 points in 60 games and came in second for the Calder Trophy behind Chris Drury. The following year was marred by an on-ice accident in March 2000, when he high-sticked Toronto defenseman Bryan Berard in the face. Berard almost lost an eye as a result, and Hoss was so remorseful that he visited him in the hopsital; Berard forgave him for the accident.

Fast forward to the Year That Never Was, when Marian went back to Slovakia and played with both HC Dukla Trenčín and Mora IK in Sweden’s Elitserien. When hockey returned to the NHL for the 2005-06 season, Hoss re-signed with Ottawa only to be traded to the Atlanta Thrashers for Dany Heatley, who had begged to be traded after the death of Dan Snyder. He started out with 92 points in his first season in the ATL, then reached 100 points the next year and helped send the Thrashers to the playoffs, although they were booted in the first round.

From the goat horns to the penthouse, as Eddie Olczyk described it.

Then came what many called the “Hossa Hex.” Simply put, he was snapped up by the Pittsburgh Penguins in February 2008 and instrumental in getting them to the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals, but the Detroit Red Wings halted that and won the Cup. Okay, Take Two: Hoss signed a one-year contract with the Red Wings because he wanted to win the Cup with them. Despite a neck injury that kept him out of play for a few weeks, he helped the Red Wings make it to the playoffs and eventually the Finals to defend their title…against the Pittsburgh Penguins – awkward! Even more awkward was the fact the the Pens took the Cup, a reversal of what had happened the previous year.

Now Hoss was determined to break this streak. he signed a 12-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks in July 2009 and began a run with fellow Slovak Tomas Kopecky. I’ve already told you guys about that wonderful season, so let’s leave it with the fact that after hoisting the Cup as captain, Jonathan Toews first handed the Cup to Marian. Finally!

Last season had him nursing a shoulder injury and earning 57 points in 65 games, but this season he’s healthy, a new daddy, and already on fire points-wise. Speaking of, have you seen the goal he and Patrick Kane made last night? Kaner may have made that spin-o-rama on the assist, but Hoss tapped in the puck. His goals stop my heart make the the United Center rock!

Second for Kopy, but third time's a charm for Hoss.

– Krista

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