Hossa nominated for Masterton Trophy
Marian Hossa is the Blackhawks’ nominee for the Masterton Trophy, which goes annually to the NHL player who demonstrates dedication to the game, perseverance and sportsmanship.
Hossa, who was nominated by the Chicago chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, has come back from a serious concussion suffered in Game 3 of the playoffs last season on an illegal hit by Raffi Torres, then with Phoenix.
Hossa wasn’t cleared to play until November but because of the lockout didn’t miss any time. He had 16 goals and 28 points going into Friday’s game against Nashville.
“I took some time and worked as hard as I could to get back in game shape and the shape I was in before,” Hossa said. “I’m glad I had that time. I’m pretty healthy and pleased with how everything went.”
It took almost seven months for Hossa to fully recover from the hit by Torres.
“Especially the beginning was really, really difficult,” Hossa said. “You start thinking about what if this, what if that, but thank God everything went pretty good. I took some time off and after that I started training.”
Hossa is also does charity work back home in Slovakia with his own Hossa’s Heroes.
“I love to help out,” Hossa said. “I’ve got a little charity thing back home in Slovakia helping kids. I also have a program that helps kids with no money basically buy equipment for them to play hockey because it’s so expensive and it’s a hard time for parents.”