Hossa, a native of Stara Lubovna, Slovakia, who was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2020, did more than win the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010. He also made history, becoming the first NHL player to appear in the Stanley Cup Final three straight seasons with three different teams. Hossa lost in the Final in 2008 with the Pittsburgh Penguins and in 2009 with the Detroit Red Wings.
Selected by the Ottawa Senators with the No. 12 pick in the 1997 NHL Draft, Hossa made his League debut Oct. 1, 1997, against the Montreal Canadiens. He had one assist in seven games before being assigned to Portland of the Western Hockey League, where he won the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy as the league's top rookie (45 goals, 40 assists, 85 points in 53 games) and helped Portland win the 1998 Memorial Cup.