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The Friday Five: All About Hoss

by Leah Hendrickson / Chicago Blackhawks

Marian Hossa has enjoyed a successful NHL career, playing in parts of sixteen seasons at the professional level. In celebration of his upcoming 1,000th NHL game, here are some of Hossa’s most impressive career stats.

1. On Sunday, Marian Hossa can become the 13th player to hit his 1,000th NHL game in a Blackhawks sweater.

Hossa joins a list of "Who's Who" among Blackhawks greats, including Chris Chelios, Stan Mikita, Eric Nesterenko, Bobby Hull, Doug Mohns, Sylvain Cote, Brent Sutter, Michel Goulet, Eddie Olczyk, Bob Murray, Dave Christian and John Tonelli.

2. At the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, Hossa ranked second in scoring with nine points (3G, 6A) in seven games.

Hossa recorded two points (1G, 1A) in the bronze medal game, but Slovakia ultimately took fourth place in the tournament after losing 5-3 to Finland. The Trencín native made his Olympic debut for Slovakia at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City, where he posted six points (4G, 2A) in two games.

3. In the 2009-10 campaign, Hossa shared the NHL lead with five shorthanded goals and was second with six shorthanded points.

Hossa was especially productive on the penalty kill during the 2009-10 season, but the 34-year-old forward is still an asset on the backcheck. He currently shares second on the team with 20 takeaways and has recorded 28:57 of shorthanded ice time so far this season.

4. Hossa netted the 400th goal of his career as part of a three-point night (1G, 2A) on Dec. 8, 2011, against the New York Islanders, becoming the 85th player in league history to reach the milestone.

Just a few months later, Hossa potted a power-play goal on March 20 in Columbus for the 900th point of his NHL career, making him the 96th player in league history to reach that mark.

5. At the end of the 2011-12 campaign, Hossa reached the 20-goal plateau for the 12th consecutive season, one of three active NHL players to do so.

Hossa joined Vincent Lecavalier and Jarome Iginla as the only current skaters to reach the mark. That same year, Hossa potted 25 goals for the 11th time in his career, becoming one of five active skaters to reach the mark more than 10 times in their career (Jaromir Jagr, 17; Teemu Selanne, 16; Iginla, 13; Ilya Kovalchuk, 10). His 29 goals in 2011-12 were his most in one season since joining the Blackhawks.
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