New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Marcel Hossa.
Hossa, 24, appeared in 64 games with the Rangers last season, recording 10 goals and six assists for 16 points, along with 28 penalty minutes. His 64 games, 10 goals, 16 points and 28 penalty minutes were all career-highs. Hossa also represented his native Slovakia at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy and the 2006 World Championships in Riga, Latvia. In seven games at the World Championships, he picked up one goal and three assists, along with a plus-three rating.
In 2004-05, Hossa skated in 48 games with Mora IK of the Swedish Elite League, registering 18 goals and six assists for 24 points, along with 69 penalty minutes. While with Mora IK, he tied for second in goals (18) with his brother, Marian.
The 6-3, 220-pound forward has skated in 123 career NHL contests with the Rangers and Montreal Canadiens, registering 20 goals and 15 assists for 35 points, along with 52 penalty minutes. In 2003-04, he skated in 15 games with the Canadiens, collecting two points (one goal, one assist), along with eight penalty minutes.
Hossa also skated in 57 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2003-04, where he registered 18 goals and 22 assists for 40 points. As a second-year forward for Montreal in 2002-03, he established career-highs in assists (seven) and played in the 2003 YoungStars Game at All-Star Weekend in Florida, recording two assists.
Aside from his experience in the 2006 Winter Olympics and 2006 World Championships, Hossa has skated for his native Slovakia in several tournaments, including the 1999 (U-18), 2000 and 2001 World Junior Championships and, more recently, in the 2005 World Championships in Austria.
Prior to joining the professional ranks, Hossa appeared in 188 games with the Portland Winter Hawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL), registering 65 goals and 99 assists for 164 points, along with 182 penalty minutes. He led the Winter Hawks in scoring in 2000-01, collecting 34 goals and 56 assists for 90 points and was named to the WHL West Second All-Star Team at the conclusion of the season.
The native of Ilava, Slovakia was originally drafted by Montreal in the first round, 16th overall, of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. On September 30, 2005, Hossa was acquired by the Rangers from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for left wing Garth Murray.