Key to Success: Marian Hossa
If you are a general manager in the NHL and are trying to figure out the missing piece to your team; look no further than Marian Hossa. Marian Hossa is the key to making it to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Marian Hossa is not the biggest star in this Stanley Cup Finals, he’s not even the biggest star on his team. Those honors belong to Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith. So why am I telling you that Hossa is the key to success?
The 2015 Stanley Cup Finals will be the fifth finals Hossa has been to in the last eight years. What is even more impressive about this stat is the fact he has been on three different teams to accomplish this feat.
Hossa made his first appearance in 2008 with the Pittsburgh Penguins where they would go on to lose to the Detroit Red Wings. Ironically enough, the next year he made the Stanley Cup Finals with the Red Wings only to lose to the Penguins. So at this point he may have actually seemed like a curse. However, it took just one more year to make his third Stanley Cup appearance. This time it was with the Chicago Blackhawks, and that year he would finally win his first Stanley Cup, proving that the third times the charm. Hossa and the Blackhawks won another Stanley Cup in 2013 defeating the Boston Bruins in six games. Lastly, the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning will be his fifth in the eight years.
Hossa might not have the status of an elite superstar like some of his teammates, but he does contribute like a superstar. Hossa is known for being an all-around player who can contribute in the offensive and defensive ends of the ice. He is a great back-checker and can win the one-on-one battles with the best of them. For a guy that has the second most post-season points among all active players, his offensive game is greatly under-appreciated. Hossa has 49 goals and 91 assists for a total of 140 points in 188 playoff games. Of those 49 goals, 12 of them have turned out to be game-winning goals. Including this one in the 2010 playoff run where he scored the overtime goal in a pivotal game 5 against the Nashville Predators.
So you might not hear about him as much as some other players this upcoming finals, but look for Hossa to keep doing what he does night in and night out. Which is going out and competing in all aspects of the game to do whatever he can to help his team win.
Jeremy O’Neill covers the NHL for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @MFSTJeremy