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BLOG: Blackhawks issue statement on Marian Hossa

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced a trade this afternoon with the Arizona Coyotes in which they acquired forwards Marcus Kruger, MacKenzie Entwistle, Jordan Maletta, defenseman Andrew Campbell and a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, in exchange for forwards Marian Hossa, Vinnie Hinostroza, defenseman Jordan Oesterle and a third-round pick in the draft.

The Blackhawks have released the following statement on Hossa:

"Today is another example of the leadership Marian has displayed as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks organization. When we approached him to discuss the idea of him waiving his no-move clause to allow us to make this move, it became clear this was a difficult thing for him to consider. After the success he has had in a Blackhawks jersey, the friends he has made throughout the organization and the fact his heart will always be in Chicago, the thought of disassociating in any way from the team he has come to love was not something he really wanted to give any thought to at all. But, as the consummate team player, he did what he has always done. He did what the team needed him to do in order to succeed.

Tweet from @NHLBlackhawks: Your contributions to the #Blackhawks will never be forgotten. Weve watched you hoist three Stanley Cups with our team, and you will forever be connected to the Blackhawks.On behalf of our entire organization, thank you Marian Hossa! pic.twitter.com/TTo2kv2iqA

Marian's long-term contributions to the club will never be forgotten. His performance as a player was always appreciated, but, it is his special qualities as a teammate, a leader and a person, that will more than anything leave its mark on all of us who have come to love and respect the very humble way he goes about everything he does. He has shown us all the impact we can have on others if we conduct ourselves with character, integrity and utmost respect for all we come in contact with. We have had the pleasure of watching him hoist three Stanley Cups with our team and he will forever be connected to the Blackhawks. On behalf of the entire organization, we would like to thank Marian-a world-class player-for all he has done for the Chicago Blackhawks."

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