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Marian Hossa  #81

Chicago Blackhawks  Right Wing
NUMBER: 81 BIRTHDATE: January 12, 1979  (AGE 36)
HEIGHT: 6' 1" BIRTHPLACE: Stará Lubovna, Slovakia
WEIGHT: 207 DRAFTED: OTT / 1997 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (12th overall)
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.

Quote of the Day

For us it's a little bit different. I've never been in front of this much media. This is more than we've ever had to deal with in Tampa. I guess we're on a little bit bigger stage now. It's nice, you have to enjoy it. This doesn't happen too often.

— Lightning forward J.T. Brown after his first Media Day experience on Tuesday in preparation of Game 1 on Wednesday