The 2010 Games will be the third Olympic experience of Hossa’s career. The 30-year old forward registered six points (4-2-6) in two games for Slovakia in Salt Lake City in 2002, and he led the team with 10 points (5-5-10) in six contests during the 2006 Winter Olympics.
Hossa has also represented Slovakia in numerous World Junior Championships, World Championships, and the 2004 World Cup in his international career. At the 2007 World Championships he played on a line with fellow 2010 teammates Pavol Demitra and Marian Gaborik. The trio combined for 21 points (9-12-21) in six games.
Hossa will play alongside his brother, Marcel, for the second consecutive Olympics. They will join five other brother combinations competing in Vancouver: Belarus’ Andrei and Sergei Kostitsyn; Czech Republic’s Milan and Zbynek Michalek; Finland’s Jarkko and Tuomo Ruutu, Mikko and Saku Koivu; Sweden’s Daniel and Henrik Sedin.
His father, Frantisek, was the head coach of the 2006 Olympic team that that went undefeated in the round-robin pool play and finished fifth after a quarterfinal loss to the Czech Republic.
I loved being in the jerseys again and they worked some magic for us. It was weird in warm-ups, seeing No. 22 in that jersey and thinking he’s [Mike Gartner], and No. 8 reminds you of Danny Briere … every number had me thinking back to the guys who wore them and smiling.
— Coyotes captain Shane Doan on wearing Kachina-style throwback jerseys in a 3-2 victory against the Canucks on Thursday