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Blackhawks Delighted To Welcome Hossa Back

Friday, 10.30.2009 / 5:00 PM / News
By Phil Coffey  - NHL.com Editorial Director
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Blackhawks Delighted To Welcome Hossa Back
Remember Marian Hossa?

Sure you do; big fella with quite the scoring touch. Signed a big deal with the Blackhawks during the summer.
Well, Hossa is on track to refresh everyone's memory.

Sidelined since undergoing shoulder surgery July 24, Hossa was back on the ice at practice with the Hawks on Wednesday and remains on track for a return in late November.

"I'm still looking for three to four weeks," Hossa told Tim Sassone of the Arlington Heights Daily Herald. "I think it's on schedule. The schedule was, I think, around Nov. 25, so hopefully by the time around that date it's going to feel 100 percent."

Hossa said the strength in his shoulder and arm are not back to normal yet.

"I just wanted to feel how the timing is and how the skating is," Hossa said. "It was kind of a little test for me and for the first time, it wasn't too bad. I thought it was going to be worse. Obviously, I don't have as much strength in the arm as I would like, so I have three to four weeks to work on that."

Overall, coach Joel Quenneville was happy to see one of his prized players back on the ice rather than being on ice.

"I thought he did very good," Quenneville said. "Usually when you get a guy who hasn't skated, or has been basically skating on his own, injected into a practice it usually slows down drills. I think he sped things up today.

"He's got that speed and presence, and the quality and the skill he has. He did a nice job and handled a lot of different drills. It was a good first practice and it helped us."