Marian Hossa played an instrumental role in the Chicago Blackhawks winning three Stanley Cups in five seasons.
Hossa played eight seasons with Chicago from 2009-17. He recorded 415 points (186 goals, 229 assists in 534 regular-season games and had 21 goals and 52 assists in 107 playoff contests.
His time in Chicago came to an end earlier this month when the Hawks trade him to the Arizona Coyotes after he sat out the past season due to a progressive skin disorder. The 39-year-old told Slovakian newspaper Novy Cas in May that his hockey career was over because of the condition.
Hossa is now unofficially retired and enjoying life back in his native country.
A message from Marian Hossa to you, #Blackhawks fans. pic.twitter.com/xtt4zswbTM— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) July 24, 2018
Here is the transcript of the video:
”Hello Blackhawks fans, Marian Hossa here.
”I wanted to take some time to say a big thank you from me and my family to you for all the support over eight years in Chicago. You guys welcomed us with open arms and made us feel home for eight years. We want you to know how much we appreciate it.
”We celebrated so many unforgettable moments because of the role you play in those memories, the city of Chicago will forever be in our hearts. I’d also like to thank the Chicago media for all the amazing years we spent together. Even though we are back in Slovakia now, Chicago will always be a special place. Both daughters were raised here and one was born in this beautiful city. Thank you again Blackhawks fans and I look forward to seeing you when we are back in the Windy City. Ciao, ciao.”