Marian Hossa will be missing action for the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2017-18 season of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Slovakian right winger won’t be seeing action because of a progressive skin disorder. Hossa is reportedly allergic to the equipment that he is using. Hossa made the announcement via a statement released by the Hawks.
The statement also implied that Hossa’s absence could extend to beyond the 2017-18 season. This because he could suffer from severe side effects of the medications used to treat his condition.
“Over the course of the last few years, under the supervision of the Blackhawks medical staff, I have been privately undergoing treatment for a progressive skin disorder and the side effects of the medications involved to treat the disorder.” This Hossa said in the statement. Hossa further said that he is disappointed of not being able to play. However, he also has to consider the severity of his condition and how the treatment has impacted his life on and off the ice.
Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa will not play in the NHL next season due to a skin disorder. https://t.co/Sp4G0sd1xU
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 21, 2017
Hossa added that the entire Chicago Blackhawks organization is supporting his decision. This was confirmed by a statement made by Chicago Blackhawks vice president and general manager Stan Bowman.
Hossa has played a very important role as one of the veteran players of the Chicago Blackhawks. He scored 26 goals last season and managed 19 assists for a season total of 45 points. The winger has played in 19 NHL seasons and has four more years remaining in his contract with the Hawks. The Slovakian has three Stanley Cups to his name all with the Hawks and has played in five NHL All-Star Games. He has also put up 149 points in 205 career playoff games. All in all, Hosa has scored 525 goals and 609 assists for 1,134 points, making him worthy for the Hall of Fame.
Before playing for the Chicago Blackhawks, Hossa has played for Dukla Trencin, Ottawa Senators and Mora IK. He has also seen action with the Atlanta Thrashers, Pittsburgh Penguins and the Detroit Red Wings.
And, before Hossa played for the NHL, he has also represented his country in two World Junior Championships and the World Championships. He also played in three Olympic Games–2002 in Salt Lake City, 2006 in Turin and 2010 in Vancouver.
Remember when David Backes tried to fight Marian Hossa and Hossa just laughed in his face pic.twitter.com/EsBitbT1Oo
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Is this the end of Marian Hossa’s career?
is Hossa retiring? This has been a question that has been asked several times after Hossa announced that he will be sitting out the 2017-18 season. Hossa’s statement only confirmed his absence for the 2017-18 season. Nowhere was it mentioned that he will be retiring.
As mentioned earlier, the 38-year-old winger still has four years with the Chicago Blackhawks. He inked a 12-year contract with the team back in 2009 for $63.3 million. Hossa’s retirement would mean that the Hawks would be able to clear a much-needed space in their salary cap. Both Hossa and the team did not give any specifics for the diagnosis. Just that he is undergoing treatment for a progressive skin allergy. But, his statement more or less implied that he could be gone for more than just one season.
Whether or not this will be the end of Hossa’s hockey career is a decision we might be hearing soon. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said they will look into Hossa’s situation and decide in the coming days.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 21, 2017
Hossa could go on long-term injured reserve for the remaining four years of his contract. After issuing the statement, Hossa said that he will no longer be commenting about his health situation. His agent, Ritch Winter, and the Chicago Blackhawks have also declined to give further comments on Hossa’s situation.
Hopefully, we are not seeing the last of Marian Hossa who has been praised not only for his game but also for being a nice person. Although he is already worthy of being in the Hall of Fame, this seems to be not a good way for him to end his career.