Marian Hosa will sign a one-day deal with the Blackhawks, retiring as a member

Marian Hosa will sign a one-day deal with the Chicago Blackhawks and formally retire as a team member, the club announced on Tuesday.

Hosa, a 2020 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, will sign a formal contract before the Blackhawks play against the Seattle Kraken at the United Center on Thursday.

Hosa first signed with the Blackhawks on July 1, 2009 and helped them win three Stanley Cups (2010, 2013 and 2015) as one of the game’s best two-way players. Hosa, a native of Slovakia’s Star Lubovna, has scored 186 goals and 229 assists for 415 points in 534 career regular-season games with Chicago, 21 assists in 107 Stanley Cup playoff games with the Blackhawks and 52 assists for 73 points.

Hosa was drafted by Ottawa senators in the first round in 1997, the 12th overall. After seven seasons with the senators, he played for the Atlanta Thrashers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings before signing with the Blackhawks.

After missing the entire 2017-18 season with progressive skin condition eczema, Hosa said he would no longer play, and his contract was put on long-term injury reserve by the Blackhawks. His contract, which expires at the end of 2021, was traded in 2018 with the Arizona Coyotes.

Hosa finished his career with 525 goals and 609 assists for 1,134 points in 1,309 games.

Hosa has appeared in five NHL All-Star games and played in three Stanley Cup finals in a row with three different teams before finally breaking with the Blackhawks.

“The cities of Blackhawks and Chicago hold a special place in my heart,” Hosa said in a statement issued on behalf of the party. Committing to this company in 2009 was the best decision I ever made. For all the memories my teammates and I have made together, including three Stanley Cup wins, my family has made as many as out of ice. Wherever we go the fans embrace us as one of their own, treating us so kindly. A dream of retiring as a Blackhawk has come true and I have never imagined that I would officially end my career in any other way. ”

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