(CBS) Blackhawks star Marian Hossa announced Thursday he may need surgery to repair a disc in his back.
The veteran winger played Games 4-6 of the Stanley Cup Final with no feeling in his right foot. He missed Game 3 due to injury.
“When I saw (head trainer) Mike Gapski, he said it’s not great,” Hossa said. “It’s not the best. I may need the surgery but also I may need just a shot. I’m going to talk to Dr. Michael Terry and we’re going to try make the best decision we can. (It’s) one of those two options.”
Hossa said he was anything but 100 percent after suffering the back injury in Game 2.
“I don’t know if I was too effective when I was playing,” Hossa said. “I was just limping on the ice. To tell you the truth, I didn’t have as much confidence because everybody around me was much faster. As soon as you get the puck I wasn’t too confident to do things I’m usually able to do and that kind of frustrated me during those games. The coaches told me to just play your game defensively and that’s going to help us. I tried to stick with that.”
So, after winning the Stanley Cup in six games, was it worth it?
“Yeah, it is,” Hossa said. “I know the health is so important for when you retire. You want to live a healthy life and try to not be beat up as much. In the four years I’ve been here we’ve got two Cups, which is amazing. That’s why I signed to this organization. I believed in the group they had here and it’s well worth it right now.”