Marian Hossa was skating around the ice on Thursday looking very Hossa-like.

The right wing ended last season triumphant with another Stanley Cup but in pain from a pinched nerve in his back an injury that kept him out of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final and hampered him the final three contests.

But on Thursday Hossa said he’s feeling good and hopes that will continue through a full season — and beyond.

Hossa’s had his share of injuries the back issue being the latest. He fought through it last spring and didn’t need surgery this summer taking several shots for it instead. But he knows it’s something he’ll have to keep an eye on during the season — longer actually.

“The rest of my life” Hossa said with a laugh when asked about dealing with injuries. “I have to be smart about it and do a lot of stretches and exercises to help make it stronger definitely. I had a couple of shots in the summer with my back and a lot of rehab making it stronger. That was the key to make it better. When they told me I didn’t nee the surgery I was happy. It’s been a good decision so far.”

Hossa thus far will take contact once the Blackhawks start scrimmaging. But coach Joel Quenneville said they’ll keep an eye on things.