PHILADELPHIA -- No one on the Chicago Blackhawks was more thrilled to win the Stanley Cup than Marian Hossa.
Hossa of course is the guy who lost to Detroit while with Pittsburgh a couple of seasons ago, and then signed with Detroit weeks later only to lose last spring to Pittsburgh. But in his third consecutive shot at winning hockey’s biggest prize, Hossa finally got a chance to lift the Cup. And pretty quickly, thanks to his captain.
In fact after receiving the Stanley Cup from Commissioner Gary Better, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews made sure Hossa was the first hand off. Toews said he discussed the scenario with assistant captains Duncan Keith and Patrick Sharp as well Hossa earlier in the day, not that they wanted to get ahead of themselves, but you know, just in case.
“It’s special for him,” Toews said. “I can’t imagine being a part of three long seasons like that and to finally win one. It’s amazing for all of us, but especially for him.”
And quite a relief.
“Definitely,” said Hossa, who signed as a free agent last summer. “I was so happy going to the finals, but at the same time, a little bit nervous. It’s a funny thing. A couple of reporters came up to me and said, ‘you’re a lucky charm because every team you play for, you go to the finals.’ Then I have a couple of others who say, there is a Hossa hex. So I don’t know what to think, but I’m so glad this is over and I’m now on the winning side.”
“Right now, I’m going to enjoy it.