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Blackhawks’ Hossa nominated for Masterton Trophy
There were times when Marian Hossa wondered if he’d ever make it back from the severe concussion he suffered during last season’s playoffs, when Phoenix’s Raffi Torres left his feet and delivered a crushing elbow to Hossa’s head. Times when his head just wouldn’t clear, when the headaches just wouldn’t fade.
“Especially the beginning, it was really, really difficult,” the Blackhawks winger said. “You start thinking, ‘What if this, what if that’ in the future. But thank God everything went pretty good. I took lots of time off and after that, I started training, and I think it was the right decision.”
It took nearly seven months for Hossa to be cleared, shortly before Thanksgiving. For his tireless work to get back on the ice in the face of severe injury, and for his charity work both in Chicago and his native Slovakia, Hossa has been nominated by the Chicago chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. The Masterton is awarded for perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to the sport of hockey. Each team in the league has one nominee.
“Hossa’s Heroes” works with children both in Chicago and Slovakia, providing community service and educational support, as well as youth hockey equipment for children whose families can’t afford it.
“I love to help out,” he said. “Everything’s so expensive. It’s a hard time for parents, not just in Slovakia… to put money into sports.”