May 19, 2018 | 6:00pm ET
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HOSSA’S PLAYING CAREER HAS ENDED

 
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Marian Hossa, right wing

 

Marian Hossa will not be lacing up his skates in a professional hockey game in the NHL any longer, as the 39-year-old star told Slovakian newspaper Novy Cas he’s done playing.

Hossa is under contract for another three seasons and is due $1 million in each of those three seasons, which he cannot collect if he officially retires. His annual salary cap hit, though, is $5.275 million.

“I’m done playing hockey,” he told Novy Cas. “I have a contract with Chicago for the next three years, but I have to watch my health, and my body says the comeback is not possible.”

Prior to the start of the season, Hossa was diagnosed with a progressive skin disorder as a result of side effects from medication he was taking to treat it. He was placed on long-term injured reserve on Oct. 4.

Hossa won the Stanley Cup three times with the Blackhawks (2010, 2013, 2015). In 1,309 career NHL regular-season games with the Ottawa Senators, Atlanta Thrashers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Red Wings and Blackhawks, he has accumulated 525 goals and 609 assists for 1,134 points.

He was originally drafted 12th overall by the Senators in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.