Chicago Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa says “playing hockey is not possible” for him during the NHL’s upcoming 2017-2018 season.
“While I am disappointed that I will not be able to play, I have to consider the severity of my condition and how the treatments have impacted my life both on and off the ice,” he said in a statement Wednesday, according to The Associated Press.
Hossa added that Chicago’s medical staff has privately treated him over the last few years for a progressive skin condition he has long suffered from.
Brian Noonan, a host on WGN Radio in Chicago, wished Hossa good health in a Facebook post about the hockey player.
Former Blackhawks center Denis Savard on Wednesday told NBC Chicago he considers Hossa “one of the greatest players in the game.”
Dr. Michael Terry on Wednesday said Hossa’s skin disorder is “becoming more and more difficult to treat and control with conventional medications while he plays hockey.”
SportsNet’s Elliotte Friedman on Monday reported that sources told him Hossa may be done playing in the NHL.
Friedman’s sources confirmed doctors are worried that the medication Hossa is taking for his disorder may have major side effects.
The Blackhawks have won three Stanley Cup championships with Hossa playing for their squad, with the 38-year-old player reportedly having four years left on his contract with the team.