Marian Hossa Injury: Updates on Blackhawks Star's Possible Concussion

Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistFebruary 20, 2013

CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 15: Marian Hossa #81 of the Chicago Blackhawks shoots against the San Jose Sharks at the United Center on February 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Sharks 4-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Chicago Blackhawks right winger Marian Hossa was once again the recipient of a hit that will likely make waves in the league office.

UPDATE: Friday, Feb. 22, at 1:05 p.m. ET by Mike Shiekman

Blackhawks fans can now rejoice. Hossa will lace up for tonight's game against the San Jose Sharks, per the Chicago Tribune's Chris Kuc:

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UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, at 1:10 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Along with skating today, Hossa passed several concussion tests on Thursday, according to Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune:

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UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, at 12:04 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Great news for Blackhawks fans as Marian Hossa is back at practice, according to Chicago Tribune's Chris Kuc.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 8:24 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Canucks star Jannik Hansen will face a hearing today after knocking Marian Hossa out of last night's game, according to USA Today's Mike Brehm.

Vancouver Canucks winger Jannik Hansen faces a 3:30 p.m. ET hearing on Wednesday over his hit that knocked Chicago's Marian Hossa out of the game.

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Early in the third period of Chicago's 4-3 shootout victory over the Vancouver Canucks, Hossa tried to catch a floating puck with his glove and was caught by a vicious forearm to the head from Jannik Hansen.

Hossa was motionless on the ice for a short while before being taken to the bench by trainers. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Hossa "seemed OK" for now (per the Chicago Tribune's Chris Kuc):

Nonetheless, Hossa will undoubtedly undergo tests to make sure he has not suffered another concussion. 

It was a play that has to feel all too familiar to Hossa and Blackhawks fans. The Phoenix Coyotes' Raffi Torres was suspended 25 games by the NHL last April after launching shoulder-first into Hossa, causing a concussion and forcing him to leave the ice on a stretcher.

Hossa was finally cleared to return to hockey back in December. If Hossa has another concussion, Chicago will be without one of its best players. The 34-year-old winger already had 14 points in 16 games, as the Blackhawks stormed out to a 13-0-3 record this season.

But the focus for now lies first and foremost with Hossa's health. 

As concussion research expands, teams and players have both become far more cautious about putting players back on their respective playing surfaces. With Hossa's initial injury being so severe, it's certain that the Blackhawks will be cautious with their veteran star.

Be sure to check back in as we give you the latest updates on Hossa's condition and his possible return date. 

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