Already, Marian Hossa is out for the 2017-2018 season

Well,….. believe it or not there is other NHL news out there besides the expansion draft for the Vegas Golden Knights.  It seems that Marian Hossa has developed an allergic reaction to his hockey equipment.  The first time I read this, I was like “where is this joke going”? But now, I mean, Really??

Hossa has been undergoing treatment for this disorder for the last couple of years.  He was put on medication but between the side-effects and his reaction to them, will not allow him to play in the upcoming season.

Hossa has played 19 seasons in the NHL, amassed 1,134 points in 1,309 career games.  He has played for the Blackhawks, Senators, Thrashers, Penguins, and the Red Wings.  He is 34th on the NHL all-time goal scoring list, 54th on the points list, 80th on the assist list, and 60th on the games played list.

“While I am disappointed that I will not be able to play, I have to consider the severity of my condition and how the treatments have impacted my life both on and off the ice,” Hossa said.

“This is extremely difficult for us,” Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said, “because we all know the incredible person and player that Marian Hossa is — competitive, loyal and humble. He has played a major role in the success our franchise has experienced in recent years, which makes his departure from our lineup a significant loss.”

“His teammates and coaches know he battled through some very tough physical difficulties but never complained or missed games despite the challenges he faced. The organization will continue to provide him every resource he needs to maintain his health.”

Hossa is still under contract with the Blackhawks for the next four years, so hopefully, he can make a full recovery and rejoin the team.

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