On Thursday night, Marian Hossa scored his 400th career regular season goal. This goal along with 2 assists on Patrick Sharp markers helped Chicago defeat New York Islanders in overtime. The 2 points helped Chicago keep their strangled hold on second place in a close Western conference and maintain a 3 point lead ahead of Detroit and St. Louis in the Central division.
It’s hard to put 400 goals into perspective. Try to think about something that you’ve done well 400 times. Then imagine you’ve done it in the best league in the world and you’ll really start to appreciate how big of a milestone the 400 goal mark really is.
Obviously playing the organ isn’t high up on what Hossa does well. Stick to scoring goals Marian.
Hossa becomes the 85th player in NHL history to reach 400 and he has done it in just 925 games. Not bad for this 32 year old from Stara Lubovna, Slovakia who was drafted by the Ottawa Senators 12th overall in 1997. Of his draft class, Hossa is the leader in goals by a 33 goal margin over 2nd overall pick Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks. He ranks second in total points behind only the 1st overall pick Joe Thornton also of the Sharks although Hossa has played 95 games less than Thornton and 135 games less than Marleau.
Funny fact is that Chicago picked after Ottawa in the 1997 draft which makes you wonder if they would have went with Hossa at #13 overall. In any case, Ottawa got a top 3 player in the draft at #12.
The only other active players in the NHL with 400 or more goals are:
|Overall Rank||Name||Current Team||Goals||Games Played|
|#12||Jaromir Jagr||Philadelphia Flyers||655||1,296|
|#13||Teemu Selanne||Anaheim Ducks||646||1,287|
|#43||Jarome Iginla||Calgary Flames||493||1,134|
|#82||Jason Arnott||St. Louis Blues||404||1,200|
In terms of active players, hot on Hossa’s tail is former teammate and Captain of the Ottawa Senators, Daniel Alfredsson with 396 goals in 1,079 games played.
There are only 12 Other players who donned the great Blackhawks jersey and that have eclipsed the 400 goal mark and it’s quite a group of players. Although some only played in Chicago for a brief time they all had great NHL careers and now Marian Hossa has joined them. They are: # 75 overall Tony Amonte (416), #72 Steve Thomas (421), #60 Rick Vaive (441), #59 Steve Larmer (441), #56 Doug Gilmour (450), #54 Theoren Fleury (455), #50 Denis Savard (473), #49 Bernie Nicholls (475), #36 Jeremy Reonick (513), #29 Stan Mikita (541), #27 Michel Goulet (548) and finally last but certainly not least the ‘Golden Jet’ #16 Bobby Hull (610).
In terms of Hossa’s presence among his countrymen, this great feat makes him only the 4th Slovak in history to reach 400 goals, joining Peter Bondra, Peter Stastny and Hawks legend Stan Mikita.
Not many players are as sleek and smooth as Marian Hossa. He has a way up of getting up the ice without it looking like he has broken much of a sweat. Like many other great goal scorers, the puck ends up on his stick. Or to give more credit to Hossa, he ends up where the puck is. He has a potent snap shot and when given the chance, more times than not, he makes no mistake and goes mesh. Perhaps the only piece of bad news is that his 400th all time was an ugly garbage goal that involved some puck luck. But you’ve got to be lucky to be good and good to be lucky. Here’s another look.
He has scored everywhere he’s played, for Hossa his previous stops included Ottawa (188), Atlanta (108), Pittsburgh (3) and Detroit (40). Although Hossa came close to winning a Stanley Cup in Pittsburgh and Detroit, it was with these Chicago Blackhawks (61) that he won his one and only Cup. Many would argue that it was the acquisition of Hossa that helped put the Hawks over the edge.
On this young Hawks team, Andrew Brunette is the only one even remotely close to 400 goals with 266. Sharp (175), Toews (132) and Kane (111), the future of the club are all early in their careers and years away from such an accomplishment.
Amazingly, Hossa has never surpassed 45 goals in a single season and this year doesn’t seem to be trending any differently. Through 28 games, Hossa has 12 goals which puts him on pace for approximately 35 goals this year.
Although he has at least 5-6 years remaining in his career barring injury, Hossa will never catch career goals leader Wayne Gretzky who scored a whopping 894 regular season goals but there is a very good chance that this 32 year old Slovak will upend Keith Tkachuk (538) and crack the top 30. Next on the list are John Ogrodnick and Paul Kariya each with 402. Go get em’ Marian.