Marian Hossa: My head is clear

January, 14, 2013
1/14/13
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Powers By Scott Powers
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa said Monday he won't change how he plays after suffering a severe head injury last season.

Hossa was hit illegally in the head by the Phoenix Coyotes' Raffi Torres in Game 3 of the Blackhawks' first-round playoff series on April 17, 2011. Hossa was taken off the ice on a stretcher and didn't play the rest of the season. Torres was originally suspended 25 games and had it reduced to 21 games after an appeal.

"You can't just be playing careful hockey," Hossa said after Monday's practice at Johnny's IceHouse West. "I just want to be myself. Right now, I feel like that's where I am."

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Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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