Marian Hossa’s career seems to be over.
The Chicago Blackhawks end told the Slovak publication Novy Cas, “I will not play hockey anymore,” in an interview published on Saturday.
Hossa, 39, played 19 seasons in the NHL with the Blackhawks, Ottawa Senators, Atlanta Thrashers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings and won three Stanley Cups.
Last June, Hossa revealed that he had a progressive skin disorder and that he was dealing with the side effects of a medication he was taking to treat it. The Blackhawks placed Hossa in a long-term injury reserve on October 4, and missed the entire 2017-18 season.
Hossa has three years remaining in an agreement with Chicago that has a salary cap of $ 5,275 million, although his real salary is $ 1 million, which is remarkable if his contract was moved by the Blackhawks.
Chicago general manager Stan Bowman spoke about Hossa’s future after last season.
“What I do know is that his state has not changed,” Bowman said in April. “His fitness has not improved, so at this moment there is no indication that he’s going to play next year, that’s all I know right now, we’ll probably have more discussions about that in the next few weeks, but his medical condition has not changed. ”
Hossa recently put his condo in Chicago for sale, and told the Slovak newspaper that he plans to return to Slovakia. However, he left the door open to return to a role with the Blackhawks organization when his contract expired.
Hossa had 525 goals, 609 assists and 1,134 points in 1,309 regular-season games and 52 goals, 97 assists and 149 points in 205 postseason games. Hossa ranks 35th in the history of the NHL in goals, 82 in assists, 54 in points and 61 in games played.
The Blackhawks missed the playoffs this season for the first time since 2008.