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Former Senator Hossa inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame

by Matt Tidcombe @matttidcombe

Former Ottawa Senators forward Marian Hossa was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame Monday night as part of the 2020 class. 

A native of Stara Lubovna, Slovakia, Hossa was the 12th overall pick in the 1997 NHL Draft by Ottawa. 

Hossa played 467 games with the Senators over seven seasons where he recorded 188 goals, 202 assists and 390 points. 

He ranks 12th in games played in franchise history, fourth in goals, eighth in assists and seventh in points. 

He made his NHL debut on Oct. 1 1997 and appeared in seven games that season before being assigned to the WHL's Portland Winterhawks. In his one season of junior, he won the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy as the league's top rookie after he scored 45 goals and 85 points in 53 games as Portland won the WHL Championship and the Memorial Cup in 1998.

As a rookie, Hossa was named to the NHL's All-Rookie Team in 1998-99 and as a member of the Senators, was a three-time NHL All-Star (2001, 2003, 2004). In his six full seasons with the Sens, Hossa scored more than 30 goals on four occasions and tallied more than 75 points three times. In 2002-03, he scored a career high 45 goals as he helped lead the Sens to the Presidents' Trophy.

He was traded to Atlanta in 2005 and would also go on to play for Pittsburgh, Detroit and Chicago. He would win the Stanley Cup three times with the Blackhawks (2010, 2013, 2015) and played his final NHL season in 2016-17 after he was forced to retire due to a skin condition. 

Over the course of his legendary career, Hossa scored 525 goals and tallied 609 assists and 1,134 points in 1,309 regular season games. In 205 playoff games, he scored 52 goals and tallied 149 points. 

Hossa becomes the third Slovakian to be enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame after Stan Mikita and Peter Stastny.

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