Marián Hossa (born January 12, 1979) is a Slovakian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Originally drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, Hossa has also played for the Atlanta Thrashers and Pittsburgh Penguins. Over the course of his career, he has made four NHL All-Star Game appearances. After being drafted into the NHL, he played one season with the Portland Winter Hawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL), winning the Memorial Cup in 1998.
Internationally, Hossa has represented Slovakia in numerous tournaments, but has remained medal-less in two World Junior Championships, seven World Championships, two Winter Olympics and one World Cup.
Hossa was drafted in the first round, 12th overall, by the Ottawa Senators in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft from HC Dukla Trenčín of the Slovak Extraliga. Shortly thereafter, he was selected fifth overall in the 1997 Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Import Draft by the Portland Winter Hawks of the WHL, acquiring his major junior rights in the even that he did not immediately stick with the Senators in the NHL. In fact, after 7 games in the NHL, the Senators
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