Hossa is interested in a more active role with the Chicago Blackhawks


CHICAGO — Marian Hossa wasn’t quite sure how he’d feel when the Chicago Blackhawks retired his #81 jersey.


The Hockey Hall of Famer is sure he’ll see more numbers from his championship teams in Chicago hit the rafters at the United Center one day.

“There are many names [that] “It’s not up to me,” Hessa said Wednesday night, “but I know I’ll be back for some others in the future.”

Hossa, 43, gets his moment before Sunday night’s game against Pittsburgh, one of his five teams during his 19 seasons in the NHL. He became the eighth player to retire from Chicago, joining an impressive roster that also included Stan Mikita, Bobby Hull, Denis Savard and Tony Esposito.

During his eight years in Chicago, Hossa scored 186 of his 525 career goals and collected 229 of 609 assists while playing a 200-foot game that helped develop the team’s young stars, leading to a string of impressive successes for the franchise.

“Everyone talks about his two-way game, but he had 500 goals too,” Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane He said. “So he’s an impressive attacking player, but he’s brought a lot to our team.”

Hessa walked away from the game after the 2016-17 season due to a worsening skin disorder. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame a year ago.

Free from the rigors of gaming and practices that have upset his skin condition, Hossa is feeling pretty good these days. He hopes to take a more active role with the Blackhawks.

“I definitely would love to be a little part with the Blackhawks organization,” said Hossa, who also has a new book about his hockey career. “I know it’s been a long time coming but try to make sure I make the right decision about the part I’m going to do.”

Hossa played for Pittsburgh when they lost to Detroit in the 2008 Stanley Cup Final. He then played for the Red Wings when they lost to the Penguins in the 2009 Stanley Cup Championship.

In 2010, he finally managed the strong winger.

After signing a 12-year, $63.3 million contract with Chicago by free agency, Hossa helped the Blackhawks win their first Stanley Cup since 1961. With Hossa’s two-way game and the rise of a solid group of young players that included Kane. And the Jonathan ToewsChicago won the championship again in 2013 and 2015.

Hossa’s commitment to defense made a lasting impression on Keane.

“Teams will go the other way, he’ll come in from behind and pick the guy up, and then all of a sudden you’ve got a single rush or a 2-on-1 break the other way,” Kane said. “But you definitely see the impact that has on the team and the game, and you try to do that as well. And it gets you into the game when you do something like that.”

Hossa became known for his offensive skills when he broke into the NHL with Ottawa in 1997. But he learned a lot about playing a more accurate game during his first season with Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk in Detroit.

“The break came when I joined the Detroit Red Wings, and that year gave me a lot, even when we lost,” he said. “I’ve learned from the best players to play the right way, and I think when I came to Chicago I saw a lot of talent so I knew I didn’t have to worry about scoring goals that much.”

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