NHL Wiki
Marian Hossa
Born January 12, 1979 (1979-01-12) (age 43)
Stará Ľubovňa, Slovakia
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Right wing/left wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Chicago Blackhawks
Ottawa Senators
Atlanta Thrashers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Detroit Red Wings
HC Dukla Trenčín
Mora IK
Ntl. team  Slovakia
NHL Draft 12th overall, 1997
Ottawa Senators
Playing career 1996–present

Marian Hossa (born on January 12, 1979) is a Slovak professional ice hockey player who currently plays for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the first round (12th overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.

After spending his first seven NHL seasons with the Senators, Marian has played for the Atlanta Thrashers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Red Wings and his current team, the Chicago Blackhawks.

Playing Career[]

Ottawa Senators (1998–2004)[]

Marian was drafted in the first round (12th overall) by the Ottawa Senators in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft from Dukla Trenčín of the Slovak Extraliga.

Shortly thereafter, he was selected fifth overall in the 1997 Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Import Draft by the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL), acquiring his major junior rights in the event that he did not immediately stick with the Senators in the NHL.

After seven games in the NHL, the Senators assigned Marian to junior where he tallied 45 goals and 40 assists for 85 points in 53 games with the Winterhawks in 1997–98, earning him the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy as WHL rookie of the year, as well as CHL and WHL West First Team All-Star honors. He led the Winterhawks to a President's Cup as WHL champions en route to the 1998 Memorial Cup championship.

Late in the third period of a tied championship game against the Ontario Hockey League (OHL)'s Guelph Storm, Marian collided with Guelph forward Ryan Davis and suffered a serious knee injury, forcing him out of the game.

The Winterhawks went on to clinch the championship in overtime and Marian returned to the ice on a chair as his teammates pushed him around with the Memorial Cup to celebrate the victory.

With seven points in four tournament games, Marian was named to the Memorial Cup All-Star team, along with teammate Andrej Podkonický.

The injury kept Marian from joining the Senators for his rookie season in 1998–99 until December.

Despite missing two months, he managed 15 goals and 15 assists for 30 points in 60 games to earn NHL All-Rookie honours and finish second to the Colorado Avalanche's Chris Drury in Calder Memorial Trophy voting for rookie of the year.

The following year, in 1999–2000, Marian improved to 29 goals and 56 points. However, late in the season, on March 11, 2000, he was responsible for an on-ice accident in which he high-sticked Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Bryan Berard on the follow-through of an attempted shot. The resulting one-inch laceration nearly forced doctors to remove the eye and nearly ended Berard's playing career.

Deeply regretful and concerned, Marian went to visit Berard in hospital the next day to offer an apology to which Berard absolved him of any responsibility.

Hossa recorded 32 goals and 75 points in 2000–01, finishing second in team scoring behind Alexei Yashin[5] and earning his first NHL All-Star Game appearance in Denver. In the subsequent off-season, his rookie contract expired and Hossa became a restricted free agent.

Unable to come to terms before training camp for the 2001–02 season, Marian sat out the first two weeks before signing a three-year, $8.5 million contract on September 26, 2001. Despite his lucrative new contract, his production would dip to 66 points in the first year of the deal.

Marian would regain form in 2002–03 with a career-high 45 goals and a team-leading 80 points while competing in the 2003 NHL All-Star Game in Sunrise, Florida. He then led the Senators to a long playoff run where they were ultimately eliminated in seven games by the eventual Stanley Cup-champion New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference Finals. Hossa led the Senators with 16 points in 18 post-season games.

The following season, he led the Senators in scoring for the second consecutive season with a personal best 82 points, then added four points in seven games in the playoffs as the Senators were eliminated by the Maple Leafs in the first round.

Due to the 2004-05 NHL lockout, Marian spent the 2004–05 season playing in Europe. Beginning the season in Slovakia, he joined Mora IK of the Swedish Elitserien to play with his younger brother Marcel after 19 games with former club Dukla Trenčín.

After 32 points in 24 games with Mora IK, he returned to Dukla Trenčín, where he completed the season for a total of 42 points in 22 games with the team.

Atlanta Thrashers (2006–2008)[]

With NHL play set to resume the following season in 2005–06 and Marian's previous contract expired, he signed a three-year, $18-million deal with the Senators.

However, the contract only precipitated a deal that sent him that same day to the Atlanta Thrashers along with defenseman Greg de Vries for all star forward Dany Heatley, who had requested a trade following the death of teammate Dan Snyder in a car crash for which Heatley was ruled responsible.

Marian joined star winger Ilya Kovalchuk and scored 39 goals and 53 assists for 92 points, surpassing his previous personal best by ten points, in his first season with the Thrashers.

In the 2006–07 season, Hossa made franchise history as the first Thrasher to score 100 points in one season, finishing with 43 goals and 57 assists; along with a plus/minus rating of +18. He was named to his third All-Star Game in Dallas where he notched four assists.

In the final game of the regular season, Marian recorded two assists against the Tampa Bay Lightning to achieve the 100-point mark which still stands as the franchise's single-season points record.

The season also marked the first division title and post-season appearance for the Thrashers, clinching the Southeast Division title for the third playoff seed. Marian only managed one point in four games as the Thrashers were eliminated in the first round by the New York Rangers.

Pittsburgh Penguins (2008)[]

In the last year of his contract with the Thrashers in 2007–08, the team and Hossa could not agree on an extension, Marian was acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins at the trade deadline on February 26, 2008 (along with Pascal Dupuis) in exchange for Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, prospect Angelo Esposito and the Penguins' first-round pick in 2008 (Daultan Leveille).

In his Penguins debut two days later, Marian injured his medial collateral ligament (MCL) in a knee-on-knee collision with Glen Murray of the Boston Bruins. He missed the next six contests before rejoining the team for the conclusion of the regular season, playing on a line with Dupuis and Sidney Crosby.

Marian completed the regular season with 66 points in 72 games split between the Thrashers and Penguins. He had also appeared in his fourth All-Star Game while still with the Thrashers as the host-city.

Complementing an already high-powered offence led by Evgeni Malkin and Crosby, Marian proved to be a vital cog in the Penguins' run to the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals.

He scored his first playoff overtime goal in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, his second of the contest, against Henrik Lundqvist to clinch the series, putting the Penguins into the Conference Finals against the Philadelphia Flyers. Eliminating the Flyers in five games, he and the Penguins met the Detroit Red Wings in the Final.

After scoring the opening goal to help stave off elimination in a triple-overtime game five victory, he scored his team-leading 12th and final post-season goal in the sixth and deciding game to pull the Penguins within one goal. However, the Penguins were ultimately defeated by the Red Wings 3–2.

Marian nearly forced overtime with the tying goal, but he was stopped by goaltender Chris Osgood in the final seconds of the game. He finished third in playoff scoring with 26 points, behind Conn Smythe Trophy-winner Henrik Zetterberg of the Red Wings and linemate Sidney Crosby.

Marian's performance helped shed a reputation for post-season underachievemen as indicated by previous playoff dry spells with the Senators and Thrashers.

Detroit Red Wings (2008–09)[]

Despite a reported five-year contract offer worth $7 million annually from the Penguins in attempts to retain his services, on July 1, 2008, Marian signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings worth $7.45 million. He had also reportedly turned down a multi-year offer from the Edmonton Oilers worth at least $9 million per season.

Marian explained that he opted for the shorter-term contract in hopes of a better opportunity to win a Stanley Cup with the Red Wings.

With Red Wings' veteran forward Kirk Maltby already wearing Hossa's number 18, Marian switched to 81 with Detroit. He notched his first goal as a Red Wing on October 18, 2008, an overtime winner against the New York Rangers which also marked the 300th goal of his career.

Marian scored a goal in his return to Pittsburgh with the Red Wings on February 8, 2009, where he was heavily booed by the Pittsburgh fans.

After missing two games due to a neck injury late in the season, Marian was taken off the ice in a stretcher after falling head first into the boards following a check from St. Louis Blues defenceman Roman Polák on March 3, 2009.

Escaping serious injury after having laid motionless on the ice for several minutes, it was revealed that in addition to minor neck complications, Marian also suffered a bruised knee and was listed as day-to-day. Despite the injury, he returned to finish the season with a team-leading 40 goals for his third career 40-goal season.

Later in the regular season, on March 23, 2009, Hossa was quoted as saying he would like to sign a long-term career deal with the Red Wings for the upcoming season. He also stated he is willing to take less money to continue to play for Detroit, saying, "I know if I go somewhere else, I could have more, but I'm willing to take less to stay here. Hopefully things work out."

Marian's comments came just several months after the Red Wings signed forward Henrik Zetterberg to a 12-year contract extension.

As the Red Wings attempted to defend their 2008 Stanley Cup championship, Marian met his former team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, as the two clubs met for the second straight year in the Final. The prospect of him losing to the team he left in order to secure a Stanley Cup championship received considerable media attention.

Prior to eliminating the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Finals, Marian admitted meeting the Penguins in the finals "would definitely be very interesting." Ultimately, he did, in fact, lose to his former team, falling by a 2–1 score in the seventh game.

Immediately following the game, Marian was asked whether he regretted his decision to leave the Penguins, to which he replied, "Regret? I don't regret it. It could be different circumstances if I sign in Pittsburgh, they probably couldn't sign some other players and they'd be a different team."

Marian finished the 2009 playoffs with six goals and nine assists for a total of 15 points over 23 games.

Chicago Blackhawks (2009–present)[]

On July 1, 2009, Marian signed a 12-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks worth $62.8 million. The contract is front-loaded with $59.3 million due in the first eight years for an average cap hit of $5.2 million per season.

It was also the most lucrative deal in team history until defenceman Duncan Keith signed a 13-year, $72 million contract several months later in December 2009.

The signing of Hossa by the Blackhawks coincided with the departure of the team's leading scorer and MVP from the previous season, Martin Havlat, to the Minnesota Wild that same day.

Shortly after signing Marian, the team disclosed that he was still rehabilitating a shoulder injury he sustained during the previous post-season. The injury required him to undergo surgery and caused him to miss the first eight weeks of the season.

Marian's contract negotiations became the subject of controversy in early August. On July 31, 2009 the Ottawa Sun originally reported that the NHL launched an investigation on his long-term deal.

Because the contract is front-loaded and expires by the time Marian is 42 years old, it was speculated whether retirement before expiry of the contract was part of the Blackhawks' negotiations. Such an agreement would be considered by the NHL to be a circumvention of the salary cap and the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), which would be subject to fines or the loss of draft picks.

Even though the NHL did not fine or punish the Blackhawks, they later introduced a new rule preventing teams from front-loading contracts as lucratively as the Blackhawks did with Marian.

On November 25, 2009, Marian made his debut for the Blackhawks against the San Jose Sharks, scoring twice, including a short-handed goal in the second period of the game.

During the Blackhawks' first playoff series in 2010, Marian received a five-minute major penalty for boarding Nashville Predators defenceman Dan Hamhuis. With 13.6 seconds left in regulation, his teammate Patrick Kane tied the game. In the ensuing overtime, he scored the game-winning goal shortly after exiting the penalty box. Since Hamhuis was not injured, the NHL did not fine or suspend Marian.

On May 23, 2010, the Chicago Blackhawks swept the San Jose Sharks to earn a trip to the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, sending Marian to the Final for the third-straight year with his third different team, a first in the NHL. Fans and the media had dubbed Marian's inability to win the Stanley Cup while going to the finals the "Hossa Curse" or the "Hossa Hex."

According to Marian's agent, Ritch Winter, his third consecutive year in the Stanley Cup Finals was no coincidence, with Winter stating that they had used a mathematical model to determine the teams most likely to get at least 100 points in the 2009–10 regular season.

On June 9, 2010, Marian finally lifted his first Stanley Cup. Chicago captain Jonathan Toews handed the Cup to him first during the team pass-around.

In 2011–12, Marian was picked eighth overall by Team Chara in the second annual All-Star Fantasy Draft for the 2012 All-Star Game. In the Game, he scored one goal and two assists in a 12–9 win against Team Alfredsson.

On March 20, 2012, he scored his 900th NHL career point (417 goals and 483 assists) in his 970th game played via a goal scored against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

In the first period of Game 3 of the opening round of the 2012 Western Conference Quarterfinals, Marian was taken off the ice on a stretcher and briefly hospitalized after being hit by the Phoenix Coyotes's Raffi Torres. Torres was suspended 25 games by the NHL for the hit, though it was later reduced to 21 games after an NHL Players' Association (NHLPA) appeal.

He recovered in time for the start of the lockout-shortened 2012–13 season and recorded 17 goals and 14 assists in the 48-game season, finishing third on the team with 31 points. During the season, he also played in his 1,000th career game on March 3, 2013, en route to a 2–1 win over Detroit.

Marian then scored seven goals and nine assists for 16 points in the 2013 playoffs as the Blackhawks eventually defeated the Boston Bruins to win the Stanley Cup in the Finals. his trip to the Finals marked his fourth appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals in the past six seasons.

On October 30, 2014, shortly into the 2014–15 season, Marian scored his 1,000th career point with a goal against the Ottawa Senators, becoming the 80th player in NHL history to reach the milestone.

On June 15, 2015, he and the Blackhawks won the Cup for the third time in six seasons after Chicago's Game 6 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Finals.

Marian approached off-season training differently prior to the 2016–17 NHL season. He performed more cardio-intensive workouts to improve his stamina and conditioning.

On October 18, 2016, he scored his 500th career NHL goal, which came in a 7-4 Blackhawks win over the visiting Philadelphia Flyers, becoming the second NHL player born in Slovakia to score that many (Stan Mikita), and the fifth player to score his 500th with the Blackhawks; Bobby Hull; Michel Goulet; Peter Bondra. He rebounded in 2016 by scoring 26 goals and 19 assists.

Before the 2017–18 season, the Blackhawks revealed that Marian was suffering from a progressive skin disorder and would miss the entire 2017–18 season while undergoing treatment.

International Play[]

Early in his career, Marian represented Slovakia in two World Junior Championships, in 1997 and 1998. Also appearing in his first World Championships in 1997, tallying two points as an 18-year-old, he has made seven appearances in the tournament throughout his career.

Despite personal World Championship best seven-point performances in 1999, 2004, 2005 and 2006, Marian has remained medal-less with the Slovak men's team.

Marian made his Olympics debut at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City, tallying six points in only two games for Slovakia. In the subsequent 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, he accumulated ten points in six games, but Slovakia was kept from the podium.

During the 2010 Winter Olympics, he scored the game-tying goal in the third period against Russia during the preliminary round.

Marian also competed for Slovakia at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey (which was held prior to the NHL lockout), but he managed just one goal in four games.


WHL and CHL[]

Award Year
WHL West First All-Star Team 1998
Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy (WHL Rookie of the Year) 1998
CHL First All-Star Team 1998
President's Cup (WHL champions) 1998
Memorial Cup 1998
Memorial Cup Tournament All-Star Team 1998


Award Year(s)
NHL All-Rookie Team 1999
NHL All-Star Game 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008 and 2012
NHL All-Star Team 2009 NHL Second All-Star Team
Stanley Cup champion 2010, 2013, 2015

Personal Life[]

Marian was born in Stará Ľubovňa, Czechoslovakia to František Hossa, a former head coach of the Slovak national team, and Mária Hossová, a clothing designer.

His younger brother by two years, Marcel Hossa (who was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 2000) followed in his footsteps playing for both of Marian's previous junior teams, Dukla Trenčín and the Portland Winter Hawks while the two have played together for Mora IK of the Elitserien during the 2004–05 NHL lockout and on the Slovak national team in the World Championships and Winter Olympics.

Coincidentally, the brothers were both dealt by their NHL teams on the day of the 2007–08 trade deadline: Marian from Atlanta to Pittsburgh and Marcel from the New York Rangers to the Phoenix Coyotes.

Marcel is currently playing overseas with HC Plzeň of the Czech Extraliga.

Marian also grew up with Marian Gaborik and Zdeno Chara in Trenčín, and remained close friends with them through his NHL career. Trenčín honored the trio by naming three streets after each skater in 2015.

In 2010, Marian married his long-time girlfriend Jana Ferová in Trenčín & they have two daughters, Mia and Zoja.

Career Statistics[]

Regular season and playoffs[]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 Dukla Trenčín Jr. SVK-Jr. 53 42 49 91 26
1996–97 Dukla Trenčín SVK 46 25 19 44 33 7 5 5 10
1997–98 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 53 45 40 85 50 16 13 6 19 6
1997–98 Ottawa Senators NHL 7 0 1 1 0
1998–99 Ottawa Senators NHL 60 15 15 30 37 4 0 2 2 4
1999–00 Ottawa Senators NHL 78 29 27 56 32 6 0 0 0 2
2000–01 Ottawa Senators NHL 81 32 43 75 44 4 1 1 2 4
2001–02 Dukla Trenčín SVK 8 3 4 7 16
2001–02 Ottawa Senators NHL 80 31 35 66 50 12 4 6 10 2
2002–03 Ottawa Senators NHL 80 45 35 80 34 18 5 11 16 6
2003–04 Ottawa Senators NHL 81 36 46 82 46 7 3 1 4 0
2004–05 Mora IK SEL 24 18 14 32 22
2004–05 Dukla Trenčín SVK 25 22 20 42 38 5 4 5 9 14
2005–06 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 80 39 53 92 67
2006–07 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 82 43 57 100 49 4 0 1 1 6
2007–08 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 60 26 30 56 30
2007–08 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 12 3 7 10 6 20 12 14 26 12
2008–09 Detroit Red Wings NHL 74 40 31 71 63 23 6 9 15 10
2009–10 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 57 24 27 51 18 22 3 12 15 25
2010–11 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 65 25 32 57 32 7 2 4 6 2
2011–12 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 81 29 48 77 20 3 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 40 17 14 31 16 22 7 9 16 2
2013–14 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 72 30 30 60 20 19 2 12 14 8
2014–15 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 22 39 61 32 23 4 13 17 10
2015–16 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 64 13 20 33 24 7 3 2 5 0
2016–17 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 73 26 19 45 8 4 0 0 0 2
NHL totals 1309 525 609 1134 628 205 52 97 149 95


Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
1997 Slovakia WJC 6th 6 5 2 7 2
1997 Slovakia WC 9th 8 0 2 2 0
1998 Slovakia WJC 9th 6 4 4 8 12
1999 Slovakia WC 7th 6 5 2 7 8
2001 Slovakia WC 7th 6 1 2 3 2
2002 Slovakia Oly 13th 2 4 2 6 0
2004 Slovakia WC 4th 9 2 5 7 2
2004 Slovakia WCH 7th 4 1 0 1 2
2005 Slovakia WC 5th 7 4 3 7 6
2006 Slovakia Oly 5th 6 5 5 10 4
2006 Slovakia WC 8th 5 1 6 7 0
2007 Slovakia WC 6th 6 2 4 6 6
2010 Slovakia Oly 4th 7 3 6 9 6
2011 Slovakia WC 10th 5 1 1 2 2
Junior totals 12 9 6 15 14
Senior totals 71 29 38 67 38