Coming back to Ottawa, the city where his career began, for the All-Star Game meant a lot of different things to Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa.

There were some recollections of a time cut short by a trade to the Atlanta Thrashers that he thought was handled poorly, fond memories to ­relive with former teammates and fans to reconnect with.

"A lot of people in the streets said they miss me here," Hossa said.

But it also was a good time to consider his career and whether he's capable of playing at an All-Star level throughout his 12-year, $62.8 million deal with the Hawks.