Marian Hossa, #18 (born January 12, 1979, in Stara Lubovna, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia)) is a professional ice hockey right winger in the NHL, playing for the Ottawa Senators. Hossa is regarded as one of the top power-forwards in the league, reaching the 30-goal plateau on multiple occasions, and hitting the 45-goal mark in 2002-2003
Hossa has played all 6 of his NHL seasons for Ottawa. He was drafted in 1997 by Ottawa. His best season was 2002-03 when he had 80 points. Marian has represented the Slovak national hockey team on numerous occasions including the Winter Olympics at Salt Lake City in 2002. His brother, Marcel Hossa, is a member of the Montreal Canadians.
Hossa is arguably the NHL's best player and has been a scoring star since debuting as a teenager in 1998 with the Ottawa Senators, so he's certainly entitled to one.
Hossa got used to taking a back seat during his years in Ottawa, where his annual 30-goal seasons tended to be overshadowed by Alexei Yashin, Daniel Alfredsson and others, and now finds himself quite comfortable in that role with the Atlanta Thrashers.
Hossa, a shifty 6-foot-1, 210-pound package of breakaway speed and brute strength, has always been thought of primarily as an offensive player, but with the Thrashers, the big wing has proven able to play without the puck as well.
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