Off The Post: Marian Hossa Hockey Cards, Call to the Hall – Marian Hossa spoke with media during a special call with 2020 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees. Hossa captured three Stanley Cups and is a member of both the 500-goal and 1,000-point clubs!
Hossa’s career started in Ottawa after the Senators selected him 12th overall in 1997. Hossa’s debut in the NHL was held off until the 1998-99 season as he first spent time in the WHL getting acclimated to the North American after a 7-game audition with the Senators. Ultimately, Hossa made his full-time commitment in 1998-99 and, after being off the Ottawa roster due to injury, tallied 30 points in 60 games in his rookie year, good enough to be named runner up to Chris Drury for the Calder Memorial Trophy.
Starting in the 2000-01 season, Hossa reeled off six consecutive seasons of at least 30 goals, including two 40-goal seasons. Amid that run, he was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers. The change didn’t do much to affect Hossa’s production, but ultimately the Slovakian wanted to chase a Stanley Cup. In 2008, he was acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins at the NHL Trade Deadline and helped the team to the Stanley Cup Finals, where they were ultimately eliminated by the Detroit Red Wings.
One year later, Hossa signed with those same Red Wings and recorded yet another 40-goal season. The Wings went to the Finals once again, but ironically lost the championship series to Hossa’s former Penguins club.
At this point, Hossa must have felt like he was an albatross, and he decided to take his act to Chicago. This proved to be an incredibly smart move, as he was a major veteran presence for a burgeoning team. Though injury limited him to 57 games, Hossa counted 24 goals and 51 points. Perhaps shockingly, the Blackhawks made it to the Stanley Cup Final, giving Hossa the exceedingly rare distinction of going to the Finals three years in a row with three different teams. This time, however, Hossa was not the bridesmaid, as the upstart Blackhawks took home Lord Stanley’s Mug.
Hossa remained with the Blackhawks for the rest of his career and put together four seasons of at least 25 goals and captured two more Stanley Cups. He also crossed the 500-goal plateau and today ranks 35th on the all-time tally list.
Hossa’s debut in the NHL came at one of the peak times for hockey cards, with Upper Deck, Topps, Pacific and Be A Player (later In The Game) producing products. As a result, there are plenty of Hossa cards to go around – nearly 3,000 have been indexed to date. Since his retirement following the 2016-17 season, however, Hossa has not appeared in any major North American hockey card releases. That may change, however, with his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Congratulations Marian Hossa!
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