Wednesday, June 21, 2017

NHL news: #Blackhawks lose Hossa for season


             Due to an allergy to his hockey equipment, Chicago Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa will miss all of the 2017-18 season, he announced.

              "While I am disappointed that I will not be able to play, I have to consider the severity of my condition and how the treatments have impacted my life both on and off the ice," Hossa said via NHL.com.

             Hossa said this has been monitored by the team doctors for a few years, and has had treatments. At 38 years of age, it looks like Hossa will announce his retirement soon.

              "Because of the dramatic nature of the medications required and their decreasing effectiveness, we strongly support his decision to not play during the 2017-18 season," team doctor Michael Terry said. "We feel in the most certain terms this is the appropriate approach for Marian in order to keep him functional and healthy in the short-term and throughout his life."

               "This is extremely difficult for us, because we all know the incredible person and player that Marian Hossa is.. competitive, loyal and humble," Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman said.

                Hossa scored 45 points (26 goals and 19 assists) in 73 games in 2016-17. In his long, 1,309 game NHL career, Hossa has a whopping 1,134 points (525 goals and 609 assists). He has played for the Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, Atlanta Thrashers (now Winnipeg Jets) and the Ottawa Senators in his NHL career.

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