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Hossa hanging from the ceiling in Chicago. Praise, laughter and curses for Detroit

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Eight great seasons. Three Stanley Cups. Such is the balance of Marian Hoss in the colors of Chicago. On Monday evening, the club traditiolly paid tribute to the Slovak striker for his performance. He showed the greatest respect for the tive of Staraya Lubov. His number 81 jersey flew into the ceiling of the United Center. During the 20-minute performance, Hossa heard standing ovations several times. However, when he mentioned his involvement with the rival Red Wings, there were cheers and cries of “To hell with Detroit!”

On Saturday, he dined with former Chicago teammates. On Sunday, Marian Hossa had breakfast with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Chris Letang. In the evening, all parties applauded him in the hall for his brilliant career.

“Speed, skill, stami, ability to score. Perhaps no one combined all this as well as he did. Absolutely difficult hockey player. Whenever he was on the ice, something would happen,” exclaims former teammate, friend and former defensive standout Duncan Keith. “One of the best players of his generation and one of the best athletes I’ve played with,” added Brent Seabrook, another running back and one of the symbols of the successful Chicago era.

Hossa won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010, 2013 and 2015. “It was great, especially. I am very happy for Marian and his family. I appreciate the opportunity to be part of the ceremony. This honor is well deserved,” added Hawks star Patrick Kane.

The Slovak striker became only the eighth player in the history of the famous club, founded in 1926 and one of the founding members of the NHL (the so-called “Origil Six”), awarded the highest award. Before him, only goalkeepers Glenn Hall and Tony Esposito, defenders Pierre Pilot and Keith Magnuson, as well as forwards Bobby Hull, Denis Savard and Stan Mikita received a T-shirt under the ceiling of the hall.

Hossa became the first player in the history of the organization to wear the number 81. And he is the last. No one else will ever be able to marry him.

In total, in the regular season for Chicago, he played 534 games, gaining 415 points in them. In the playoffs, he added 107 fights and 73 points. He ended his career in 2017 due to skin problems. His sweat-soaked equipment caused him an allergic reaction, which manifested itself in the form of a rash and itching.

“Greetings to all Blackhawks fans around the world! I am honored to be here and share this moment with you,” Hossa began his speech, which eventually lasted almost twenty minutes. Next to him were his wife, three daughters, parents and brother Marcel.

In one part of the debate, Hossa summed up his entire career. He also mentioned his engagement in Detroit, from where he moved to Chicago after one season in the summer of 2009. The Red Wings are a serious rival for the Indians, so when the me of the club sounded from the lips of the hero of the day, the are, splashed with the roof, began to whistle. The audience chanted “Detroit sucks!”, translated something like “to hell with Detroit!”

Hossa himself knows the rivalry well. “That will probably never change, will it?” he laughed at himself and the fans. “I’ll be back in Chicago soon when more of my amazing teammates’ jerseys hit the ceiling,” he added.

The Slovak received the club award a year after he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. “I have dreamed of winning the Stanley Cup ever since I was drafted into the league. After losing two fils in a row to Pittsburgh and then Detroit, for a while I thought it was over. That I’m just not meant to be. But I learned that after every hit you can get up. It’s all in the head,” said the Trencin tive, who, in addition to changing jerseys, also wore Ottawa and Atlanta jerseys.

He also received a Stanley Cup loan to Chicago for a weekend celebration. However, the party was slightly spoiled by the Blackhawks’ loss, who went 2-5 to the Penguins. In addition to Hossa, Evgeni Malkin, who played his 1000th NHL game, will also remember the evening. “Exceptiol night. I hope to stay with this club for the rest of my life,” wishes the forward, who has never played in a league other than with Pittsburgh.

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