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Third time’s the charm: Marian Hossa finally hoists the Stanley Cup

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As if there was any doubt who it would be, Marian Hossa was the first player to be handed the Stanley Cup from captain Jonathan Toews. The 22-year old, after holding the Cup over his head, turned around and instantly looked for #81.

The supposedly cursed forward, who had been on the losing side of the Stanley Cup finals two years in a row, finally got his chance to hold the trophy himself. Perhaps it wasn’t the same emotional moment we’ve seen in the past with players like Ray Bourque and Mark Messier, but this was still one of the very special moments you only ever get to see in hockey.

Say what you will about the guy, but you have to feel good for Marian Hossa tonight.

Toews says that it was an easy decision to hand the Cup off to “Hoss":

“Yeah, well we talked about it very, very briefly this morning,” Toews said afterward. “Didn’t want to get overexcited or think too much of the end result, but mentioned it to him this morning to be ready, that if we did happen to hoist it tonight, that Duncan and Sharpy both agreed that he should be the first guy after myself to grab it.

“You know, it’s special for him. And I can’t imagine being a part of three long seasons like that and to win one finally. It’s amazing for all of us. But especially for him too for sure.”

For Hossa, it was the culmination of three very long seasons. No other player in NHL history had made it this far in three straight seasons with three different teams. And while his numbers this year may not have been all that great, as the series against the Flyers went on you could see just how determined he was to finally win it. While his team was struggling a bit to start the series, he was the best player on his team through the first four games.

After the game, he was quiet and a bit emotional, saying that it was a “relief” to win.

“I’m so happy to finally do this.”