Marian Hossa is a winger for the Chicago Blackhawks. Whether he plays on the right or the left, he plays the same kind of game. He has had the same goal in his mind as everyone else does, winning the Stanley Cup. He hasn’t had the peachiest of times trying to win the Cup, but he eventually got his stuff together and made it work. Marian Hossa had quite a journey to the Stanley Cup.
It all started in his sophomore season. He was drafted in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators with the 12th pick. He played in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the second season he played for the Sens. They made the playoffs every year that he played for them except for his rookie season. After the lockout of the 2004-05 season, Hossa signed a three year contract extension with the Senators, but a deal was made that same day to send him and another player to the Atlanta Thrashers for Dany Heatley.
While he played in Atlanta for three years, he made a mark. He combined his Atlanta stay for 248 points. This included his second season as a 100 point season. He made sure people knew he was serious, and that he was. He was later traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins with Pascal Dupuis for three players and a draft pick.
On the Penguins, Marian Hossa started to get Cup crazy. He contributed 26 points in 20 games of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, only to lose to the Detroit Red Wings. This sparked an emotional note in him, so he signed with the Detroit Red Wings the next season as an unrestricted free agent. Playing for the Red Wings, a team that knew how to win a Stanley Cup, he felt confident that Detroit was going to be the team to win with. The unspeakable happened though, and the Red Wings met the Penguins in the Stanley Cup Finals for a second time. Hossa had provided 15 points in 22 games, only to lose to his former Pens.
Now that he had lost to the Red Wings, then went to Detroit and lost to Pittsburgh, he was in an emotional state that seemed never ending. He signed with the Chicago Blackhawks to help lend a hand to their organization. In his first season as a Blackhawk, he had 51 points in 54 games. They went to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He again scored 15 points in 22 games, helping the Chicago Blackhawks become the 2009-10 Stanley Cup.
The reason this story is incredible is because of his journey. He tried his whole career, and then got traded to a cup-contending team in Pittsburgh. After losing, he went to the team that had beat him the season before. Then he faced his former Penguins, and lost in the Finals. Instead of trying to jump back to Pittsburgh, he went to another Cup-contending team, the Chicago Blackhawks, which he finally reached the Stanley Cup. Now he has made a name for himself in Chicago, which is a great team to be associated with. If you asked what teams that Marian Hossa has played for, many will say Chicago and Detroit, and some could say Pittsburgh. Not many people would remember Ottawa or Atlanta, but they definitely molded the player he is today, the one who helped Chicago win the Stanley Cup. He finally reached his dream, but it took a long, exhausting journey to get there.