In an official Farewell to Hockey game hosted by Ottawa Senators alumni Marian Hossa, numerous former players hit the ice to honor their former teammates. One of these players is non-other than the greatest player in Ottawa Senators’ history, Daniel Alfredsson.
Officially listed as a Charity Game, Marian Hossa decided it would be a good time to also announce his farewell to the sport where he spent 19 seasons playing professionally. Proceeds generated from this event were donated to “HOSS Heroes“, a charity developed by Marian, and his brother Marcel with the goal of making sports available to those who might not have the financial security to fund their children’s sports endeavours.
The lineup from this lineup is quite star-studded, with as many as 41 Stanley Cup Rings in attendance. Former Ottawa Senators players in the event are Alfredsson, Martin Havlat, Zdeno Chara, Peter Bondra, and Johnny Oduya.
Originally drafted by the Senators in the first round of the 1997 NHL draft, Hossa would spend the first seven seasons of his NHL career in the nation’s Capital. He would suit up in 467 games with the team, scoring 188 goals and 202 assists for 390 points.
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He would be the instrumental piece of the trade that would bring Dany Heatley to Ottawa from the Atlanta Thrashers. Hossa spent three seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers before ending up with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He wound up losing in the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals to the Detroit Red Wings. Wanting a chance to win a cup, he signed with the team he lost to, the Red Wings only to reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 2009, but lost to… the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was a common theme that you couldn’t win with Marian Hossa in your lineup. He would break that stretch, signing with the Chicago Blackhawks in Free Agency to a 12-year deal, and he would reach the finals yet again in 2010, this time winning. He would win two more cups in his career, in 2013 and 2015.
Unfortunately for Hossa, he had to retire in 2017 due to a rare skin condition that prevented him from being able to put on his hockey equipment. Since then, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall Of Fame in 2020 and released an autobiography in 2022.