A Blackhawks legend is ending his career at home.
The Chicago Blackhawks announced on Tuesday morning that Hall of Fame forward Marian Hossa will sign a one-day contract with the team in order to retire as a member of the organization.
Hossa will make the decision official by signing a ceremonial contract during a ceremony prior to the Blackhawks' game versus the Seattle Kraken on Thursday night at the United Center.
It's a poetic end to a marvelous career.
Hossa joined the Blackhawks as a free agent back in 2010, signing a 12-year contract worth a total of $63.3 million. While injuries and a health condition would prevent Hossa from playing out his entire contract with the Blackhawks franchise, the Slovakian forward proceeded to help usher the organization into its most successful era, playing a key part on three Stanley Cup-winning teams in his eight years in Chicago while racking up a remarkable 186 goals and 415 points in 534 games.
In 19 total seasons in the NHL with the Blackhawks, Atlanta Thrashers, Ottawa Senators, Detroit Red Wings, and Pittsburgh Penguins, Hossa compiled a whopping 524 goals and 1,134 points in 1,309 career games.
Unfortunately, Hossa's lifelong battle with a severe case of eczema forced his career to end prematurely.
Hossa would play his last game for the Blackhawks in 2017, which would end up being the last of his career, and step away from the game entirely that offseason, as his contract was then traded to the Arizona Coyotes soon after.
Now, Hossa will be able to craft the ending he always wanted, announcing his retirement in front of a packed house of Blackhawks fans with the organization he helped rise from the abyss.