"The ultimate hockey player, the ultimate teammate, the ultimate human being," Kane said between games of the Stanley Cup Final. "He's got everything."
Hossa will soon be given his third championship ring after helping the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup for the third time since 2010 on Monday at United Center, defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 in Game 6.
The forward's credentials are enough to earn him the distinction as one of the greatest players in Blackhawks history. They're also enough to crown him the unquestioned king of hockey in Slovakia, according to fellow Slovak and Los Angeles Kings forward Marian Gaborik.
"I think so, definitely," Gaborik told NHL.com. "It means more for us, for fans and for the city [of Trencin, Slovakia], for his close people, but it obviously means a lot as well for Slovakia. Now he's got a third [Stanley Cup]. It's huge, definitely.
"People are big fans of his. Everybody roots for him."