In stunning news, the Blackhawks announced Wednesday morning that Marian Hossa would miss the 2017-18 season due to a progressive skin disorder and the side effects of the medications involved to treat the disorder.
He is expected to be placed on long-term injured reserve before the start of the season, giving the Blackhawks $5.275 million in cap relief, but there's no replacing a three-time Stanley Cup winner and what he brings to the table.
If this is the end of his NHL career, there is no doubt he has done enough to punch his ticket to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Here are several reactions from the hockey community regarding the news about Hossa's medical condition:
Wishing Marian Hossa the best. Quality person and player. https://t.co/etyCwfy0J9— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 21, 2017
Marian Hossa is one of the classiest, nicest people in the game, and a Hall of Famer. This would be an awful way for him to have to go out.— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) June 21, 2017
I feel awful for Marian Hossa.— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) June 21, 2017
He is the nicest and classiest athlete I've ever covered during my sportswriting career. #Blackhawks
Just so sad and angry about Hossa's situation. One of the best people I've ever dealt with in my career. True pro in every way. #Blackhawks— Tracey Myers (@TramyersCSN) June 21, 2017
Marian Hossa retiring would suck. On of my favourites that I've ever watched.— Andrew Berkshire (@AndrewBerkshire) June 21, 2017
If this is end of the road for Marian Hossa, what a ride it's been. A true gentleman & a pro. One of the best to ever lace up with the Sens. https://t.co/2Pmw9aa6Ug— Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) June 21, 2017
#Blackhawks don't win three Stanley Cups without Marian Hossa. He was final puzzle piece in 2010, put them over edge. Hall of Fame career.— Charlie Roumeliotis (@CRoumeliotis) June 21, 2017
Out for the season. Quality guy. Hope they find a way to manage the condition. https://t.co/acoTZWoj04— James Duthie (@tsnjamesduthie) June 21, 2017
Still shocked by all this. Getting to be there and speak w/ Hossa after his 500th goal last season was an enormous honor for me. #Blackhawks— Scott King (@ScottKingMedia) June 21, 2017