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Marian Hossa of Blackhawks may have to retire: report

Forward, 38, has allergic reactions to equipment @NHLdotcom

Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa has allergic reactions to his equipment and may have to retire, Sportsnet reported Tuesday.

According to Elliotte Friedman, there is a legitimate possibility Hossa has played his last game. His medication this season was potent enough that doctors wanted Hossa's blood tested every few weeks to ensure there weren't any major side effects.

Hossa, 38, is among seven forwards the Blackhawks put on their protected list from the Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL Expansion Draft.

He has 525 goals and 609 assists in 1,309 NHL regular-season games, and 52 goals and 97 assists in 205 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He has four years remaining on his contract, which carries a salary-cap charge of $5.275 million, according to

The Blackhawks and Hossa's agent, Rich Winter, declined to comment on the report.

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