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Blackhawks’ Hossa sits out against Avalanche with ‘upper body injury’

Minneosta Wild v Chicago Blackhawks

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 05: of the Chicago Blackhawks of the Minnesota Wild at the United Center on March 5, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Jonathan Daniel

A day after being honored for playing his 1,000th National Hockey League game, Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa is sitting out against the Colorado Avalanche with an “undisclosed upper-body injury,” according to

Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reported that the announcement of Hossa being a late scratch from tonight’s contest came three minutes into the game.

The 34-year-old Slovakian winger has now played in 1,001 NHL games, and had 10 goals and 18 points in 23 games this season for the red-hot Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks are looking to go 24 games without a regulation loss to begin the season.