Stanley Cup Finals: Marian Hossa Media Day
Q. Are you looking forward to playing against Chara
MARIAN HOSSA: It's going to be really interesting. Obviously we are
good friends. He's my neighbor. He lives right across the street.
But this coming up two weeks, that has to go on the side and we just
have to play the roles. I’m going to play my game, he's going to play his
game. I'm sure right after we'll be friends again.
It's going to be hard two weeks, hard battle. It's going to be also
fun and I really looking forward to it.
Q. What are the main challenges of playing against Chara?
MARIAN HOSSA: He's the biggest guy on the ice. His stick is so big.
If you don't move your feet, he's going to hurt you, he's going to come
close to you and pin you on the board. You have to make sure you're moving
your feet, stop and start.
It's not easy. But if it's possible, it's better to play on the
Q. What makes Coach Q an effective coach?
MARIAN HOSSA: I think he got great personality. He's a players'
coach. He's easygoing. He will bring the best from the player. He'll
leave you play your game. But you have to do what he says defensively.
I think he's been great to the players. Players realize that. There
is not that many coaches like that.
Q. Treats you like grown-ups?
MARIAN HOSSA: Oh, definitely. He trusts us, but also on the return
he want to see the results obviously.
It's been great communication between the players and him during the
whole year, and also during the whole career I've been here. It's been
Q. What do you think of the match-up
MARIAN HOSSA: Yeah, last three years both teams been in the Stanley
Cup Finals. There's lots of players experienced this moment, how to handle
It's going to be great series. Just because there is few new players
for each team, you know, but not as many, it's for both teams pretty much
It's going to be really interesting series and really looking forward
Q. How much of the success in the series will be predicated on
finding a way to get past Chara?
MARIAN HOSSA: Well, we know he's going to play almost half a game
each night. He's their top guy. The team is around him. So, like I said
before, he's going to hurt you if you don't move your feet. If you
standing still, you have to shift him. You can take advantage stopping and
starting, it's harder for him to move because he's so big.
He's unbelievable. He's one of the best defensemen. We know it's
going to be battle against him, but we have to find a way somehow to deal
Q. Knowing him as you do, is there anything you might have an
advantage against him, next-door neighbor and all that?
MARIAN HOSSA: I try to joke with him because he like to be serious
all the time on the ice. I know he doesn't like to talk on the ice. I try
to throw some funny stories on the faceoff, make him laugh a little bit.
Q. Did it just wind up that way?
MARIAN HOSSA: Yeah, we are friends, neighbors. We know each other
such a long time, obviously. We play together when we go back to the
junior in Slovakia. I know Z a long time.
Q. After the playoffs last year, how long did it take you to feel
MARIAN HOSSA: Tell you the true, when I start feeling right, I
thought I was right when I was coming here after the convention. I come
here to work out. As soon as I was skating, start doing more exercises on
the ice, I realize that's not me.
For me, it worked out there was a lockout so I could took extra
couple months to skate on my own, get into shape. Also I was doing bicycle
and you just pedaling, right?
As soon as I go on the ice, all of a sudden there was bunch of guys
skating beside me. There is so many new things, the puck is coming your
way, you have to shoot, skate, watch the players. So many things going
through your mind. I knew I wasn't ready for it.
It worked for me there was a lockout. I could go back and take my
time. When the season start, I was ready.
Q. Did you ever think that might be it for you hockey-wise?
MARIAN HOSSA: You know, there was some mind, you think about that
thing obviously. You have so much time off, you start thinking about
So, yeah, that crossed my mind also. I knew when I was getting
better, that a good sign. I took my time. I was getting really much
better. I was pleased I had so much time to take my time and I was back to
Q. What's it like being in your fourth final in six seasons?
MARIAN HOSSA: It never gets old. It's always fun to be here with
you guys answering these questions (smiling).
This is a great moment. It's even better when there is the last game
you win. It would be great again. Looking forward to it.
Q. (No microphone.)
MARIAN HOSSA: You know, somebody said I was choosing good teams when
I was free agent.
But now I sign long-term. We have a great group of guys. We find a
way after a couple years to go to the Finals again. This year was great
year for us.
Q. (No microphone.)
MARIAN HOSSA: They just prove they have strong defensive game. They
play such a great team game. We have to be really disciplined. By that I
mean we have to play five-man unit up and down. We just cannot have
turnovers. We cannot just go one against three in the neutral zone. The
bluelines are crucial for turnovers because they can hurt you.
Q. (No microphone.)
MARIAN HOSSA: This season was a great story, great start. We felt
like after so many wins we had something special here. Joel did excellent
job to roll four lines, feel like the first couple lines had more energy,
so they didn't have to play as many minutes the first two years after the
I think that's great, we can roll four lines. Everybody is in the
game. We feel like we have more energy.
Q. Compare this year’s team to the Cup team
MARIAN HOSSA: There are some similarities. A little different type
of players, different size players. But there is pretty much everything
what we had there in 2010.
Q. Anything different about this year coming back this year?
Greater appreciation getting to this Final as opposed to the other ones?
MARIAN HOSSA: I always appreciate when I make it to the Finals.
This time of year, still playing hockey. It's been great.
I know what you're asking. I definitely appreciate it. I'm still
healthy, I can play on a high level. Like I said before, I was glad I
could return and be myself. I'm here now.