Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa scored the 500th goal of his NHL career in the second period against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night at the United Center in Chicago.
Hossa, 37, joins Peter Bondra, Michel Goulet and Hall of Famers Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita as players to reach the milestone in a Blackhawks sweater.
After the goal, which came on the power play, he came out and gave a nod to the crowd he’s given so many special moments over the years
A late-season injury left Hossa at 499 goals this summer. He scored a career-low 13 goals last season, despite logging a lots of minutes on the top line alongside Jonathan Toews. Now in his 18th NHL season, Hossa looks to have benefitted from playing in the World Cup of Hockey to knock off some rust.
Hossa is now 28 goals away from surpassing his 188 goal total with the Ottawa Senators from 1998-2004. He also played for Atlanta (108 goals), Detroit (40) and Pittsburgh (3).
Hossa has five seasons left on his contract. While his salary cap hit remains $5.275 million, his actual salary drops from $7.9 million to $4 million this season. Then it dips to $1 million for the final four years of the deal, although with cap recapture penalties, his deal isn’t that simple.