Marian Hossa

Marian Hossa remembers special 2010 playoff game, which re-airs tonight at 7

Marian Hossa remembers special 2010 playoff game, which re-airs tonight at 7

Blackhawks fans got a pleasant surprise on Saturday afternoon when legendary three-time Stanley Cup champion Marian Hossa had a special message about a certain 2010 Western Conference Quarterfinal playoff game.

The video was posted on the organization's Twitter and other social media accounts.

"Hi Blackhawks fans, Big Hoss here. I miss you guys," Hossa said. "I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy and taking care of each other in these difficult times.

"Do you guys remember this game?"

Hossa turned to show a computer screen with Game 5 of the 2010 Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Nashville Predators (which will re-air on NBC Sports Chicago Saturday night at 7 p.m. ) on pause.

"Well, I definitely do remember. I remember a few things I want to share with you,” Hossa said. "First, at the end of the game, one of the greatest games, up and down games, I got a five-minute penalty, and I go to the penalty box. I feel shame. I’m sweating bullets for five minutes. 

“But good things happened. Patrick Kane scoring [with] 13 seconds left in the game. We pulled the goalie and he tied the game up. It's 4-4. We go to the dressing room, and I'm sitting quiet in the corner of the dressing room, and I'm hoping we can kill another four minutes of my penalty. [Penalty kill] did an excellent job, and I'm jumping. 

"We kill the penalty. I’m jumping on the ice. We can watch it together. Here's Bolland in the corner, and Dave Bolland did an excellent job passing to Brent Sopel, and you can see me coming in the corner from the penalty box in front of the net."

Hossa plays the sequence on the monitor and pauses it right before his goal.

"Puck is coming to me and what'll I have to do? Just put it in the net,” he said.

He lets the play resume to show his goal and iconic celebration down on both knees, pumping his arms.

"One of the most amazing feelings in my career, still get the chills, and we win the game,” Hossa said. "We go to Nashville (Game 6). We win the game there. We go to round two, round three, Stanley Cup Finals. We win the Stanley Cup for the Chicago Blackhawks. Being in the Stanley Cup Finals three times in a row, finally winning my first one, it was the best feeling as a hockey player. 

"So I want to share with you this moment, and when I remember these feelings, those memories, it's just amazing. And where were you when I scored the overtime winner? Well, I hope to see you guys soon. It was a pleasure. Ciao, ciao."

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Hawks Rewind: Game 5 of 2010 Western Conference Quarterfinals

Hawks Rewind: Game 5 of 2010 Western Conference Quarterfinals

Saturday night at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago, we have another classic "Hawks Rewind" for you. Tune in for Game 5 of the 2010 Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Nashville Predators at the United Center.

In one of the most thrilling games of the 2010 Cup run, Patrick Kane scored a short-handed goal that tied the game with 13.6 seconds left. The Hawks were able to kill a Preds' power play in overtime after Marian Hossa drew a major penalty for hiting Dan Hamhuis into the boards. Marian Hossa later sprang right out of the penalty box and scored 4:07 into overtime to win the game 5-4 and give Chicago a 3-2 series lead heading to Nashville.

Chicago led 3-1 earlier in the game before Nashville rallied for two third-period goals from Martin Erat. 

Andrew Ladd, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Tomas Kopecky also scored for the Blackhawks.

Pekka Rinne made 27 saves for the Preds, and Antti Niemi stopped 17 for the Hawks. 

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Franchise-altering Marian Hossa named to Blackhawks All-Decade Team

Franchise-altering Marian Hossa named to Blackhawks All-Decade Team

Throughout the 2019-20 season, NBC Sports Chicago will be unveiling its Blackhawks All-Decade Team. The roster will feature the 14 forwards, 7 defensemen and two goaltenders that made the biggest impact on the franchise from the 2010 through 2019 seasons.

Perhaps nobody said it better than Blackhawks President & CEO John McDonough: “The Chicago Blackhawks do not win a Stanley Cup, let alone three, without Marian Hossa.”

Hossa’s arrival in free agency in the summer of 2009 sent a message to the rest of the league that the Blackhawks were not only a destination for elite players, but also that they were a franchise all-in on trying to win Stanley Cups. “It’s not just because of his performance on the ice,” said McDonough. “Sometimes culturally it’s just to be in the same locker room with a guy who comports himself professionally, knows how to win, great work ethic, terrific habits.”


Hossa had a presence within the Blackhawks’ dressing room and immediately earned the respect of his teammates. Not only does he receive lots of credit for the franchise’s culture change, but many credit his influence on Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews as a major reason why they became the NHL superstars they are today. Because of that presence, there is certainly no coincidence that since Hossa’s departure, the Blackhawks have not seen the playoffs. “You can’t replace Marian Hossa,” said Stan Bowman before the start of the season. “I think we’ve certainly felt it the last couple years. He was such an important part of our team. We never would have won any of our Stanley Cups without Marian’s contributions.” 

Marian Hossa spent eight seasons in Chicago, amassing 415 points in 534 games with the Blackhawks. In the playoffs, Hossa racked up 73 points in 107 games and the Blackhawks reached the postseason in all eight of his seasons in Chicago. For his contributions to Chicago both on and off the ice, he makes the Blackhawks All-Decade Team as the second line right winger.

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