HOSSA MAY NEED TO QUIT ICE HOCKEY

HOSSA MAY NEED TO QUIT ICE HOCKEY

One of the best ice-hockey players in Slovak history, Marián Hossa, has dropped out of the whole 2017/2018 season due to health problems, the SME Daily wrote on May 19.

 

While at Chicago, he won the Stanley Cup three times (2010, 2013 and 2015) but he also played for Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Detroit. He is among the most successful Slovak NHl players in almost all main statistics. He played a total of 1,309 matches in the first round of the NHL, scoring 525 goals there and assisting in 609 more.

 

Due to an allergy to the hockey equipment, Hossa announced recently that he would not be able to continue playing matches and would end his career instead. However, he still has an NHL contract with the Chicago Blackhawks for three more years. “I will not be playing ice-hockey anymore,” the 39-year-old right-winger told the Nový Čas daily. “I have a contract with Chicago valid for three more years but my good health cannot be risked. It is very precious to me – and it does not enable me any comeback.”

 

It is possible, though, that despite announcing the end, he will at least officially remain an ice-hockey player. He may be exchanged to another club or remain on the list of injured players, depending on the Blackhawks’ decision. As Hossa has been on the list of players with long-term injuries, he received the same salary as if he played normally, and the club got some relief from the tense salary cap.

 

Hossa had already hinted that he would probably not play anymore, explaining that the skin problems were eased when he did not wear the hockey outfit. More recently, he told Slovak media that was taking some medicaments to handle his allergy but it was impossible for him to play while taking them. He has realised that his health and family are more important than his career.

 

Source: www.spectator.sme.sk

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