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Chris Chelios | Defenseman

Team: Detroit Red Wings
Age / DOB:  (53) / 1/25/1962
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 190
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Chris Chelios said it was a "bummer" that he got the Hockey Hall of Fame call with nobody in his family home.
"There’s no one in my house; everyone’s either at hockey or lacrosse camps," said Chelios, whose son Jake is playing in the Blackhawks’ prospect camp this week. "Prior to the call, I didn’t answer a few times because my cell doesn’t work in the house. Prior to that I was getting calls from friends. I was getting nervous. Until it happens … the word ‘surreal’ comes to mind. It’s been a great day." Wed, Jul 10, 2013 09:26:00 AM

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Chris Chelios will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2013.

He'll be joined by Scott Niedermayer and Brendan Shanahan, along with former coach/GM Fred Shero and top female hockey player and gold medalist Geraldine Heaney. Chelios' career was memorable both for his dominance and longevity. His career started in 1983-84 and didn't end until 2009-10. Consequently, he ranks fifth on the NHL's all-time games played list with 1651. He also won the Stanley Cup three times and the Norris Trophy on three occasions. Chelios was an offensive defenseman that finished with 185 goals and 948 career points.
Tue, Jul 9, 2013 03:28:00 PM

Chris Chelios is getting his feet wet in the coaching business by helping out the Detroit farmhands in Grand Rapids.

It looks like Chelios wants to eventually become a head coach and of course his preference will be at the NHL level but he knows he has a lot to learn. "One thing I've learned is you could be the greatest player of all time, but you really do need experience to coach," Chelios said. "There's a lot of stuff to learn, a lot of stuff you learn only through experience. It's just the way it is. I like it. We'll see." In the meantime, Chelios is helping future Red Wing defensemen including Brendan Smith hone their skills in the minors.
Mon, Dec 17, 2012 10:04:00 AM

Former Blackhawk Chris Chelios will enter the US Hockey Hall of Fame.

Chelios was called the “Godfather of US Hockey” by Keith Tkachuk, a true testament to his talent. Chelios was truly one of the NHL’s best defensemen, playing in 1,651 regular season games. He also represented the USA in four Olympics.
Sat, Aug 6, 2011 09:43:00 AM

The Chicago Blackhawks honored Chris Chelios prior to their game on Friday night.

Chelios was honored as part of the Heritage Series that the Hawks are putting on for their former players. Of course some fans are still bitter that Chelios left the Hawks to go to their bitter rivals, the Detroit Red Wings. Chelios, in his speech, said "let bygones be bygones." Seems like he knows he did something wrong to the fanbase.
Sat, Dec 18, 2010 09:51:00 AM

Chris Chelios said he's not going to play in the KHL.

Chelios had expressed an interest, but he never received a contract offer. Now it sounds like he won't sign with a KHL club even if they wanted him. "If they offered me 10 million a year," Chelios said when asked what it would take for him to play in the KHL. "I’m having a lot of fun watching my kids, and I like my job. So, no." Chelios is currently a hockey operations adviser with the Detroit Red Wings.
Fri, Nov 26, 2010 04:46:00 PM

Chris Chelios' agent, Tom Reich, has informed KHL's Vityaz that his services are available.

Chelios retired from the NHL in August, but it looks like he's still interested in prolonging his career. However, Chelios admitted that at the age of 48, he probably won't end up joining Vityaz. We'll let you know if anything comes of this.
Fri, Nov 26, 2010 12:57:00 PM

Chris Chelios has officially retired at the age of 48.

Chelios was originally selected with the 40th overall pick in the 1981 entry draft and he played in his last NHL game on April 6th. He will be remembered as one of the best defenseman of his time, having scored 185 goals and 948 points in 1,651 games between Montreal, Chicago, Detroit, and Atlanta. Chelios will now work for the Red Wings as an adviser to hockey operations. He'll help the Red Wings with player development and mentor the team's young blueliners.
Tue, Aug 31, 2010 04:48:00 PM

Chris Chelios will work for the Red Wings as a team ambassador and he will lend a hand in player development.

"It just seems like I never left Detroit," he said. "It's not like it's a big adjustment. I've known [assistant GM] Jim Nill for a long time, and [GM] Kenny (Holland). It's a comfortable transition for me. I'm going to make the most of it."
Mon, Aug 30, 2010 03:48:00 PM

Chris Chelios will join the Detroit Red Wings front office.

"I don’t have a title for him, but he’s going to do a little player development," Red Wings GM Ken Holland said. "After ’09 when I told him we weren’t going to re-sign him, I told him to keep in touch. He called me in May and told me he was going to take me up on my offer." It looks like Chelios' storied NHL career has come to an end. He scored 185 goals and 948 points in 1,651 games between Montreal, Chicago, Detroit, and Atlanta. Chelios was one of the best offensive defenseman of his time, but he'll also be known for his longevity. He managed to play into his late 40s and was still on an NHL roster roughly 29 years after he was originally drafted in 1981.
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Fri, Aug 6, 2010 09:17:00 PM

Chris Chelios still has not officially retired.

However, he has made it clear that he wants to spend much more time with his family in Michigan and hopes to get a job in some capacity in hockey, possibly with the Red Wings, when he chooses to hang up his skates. "Hockey's been in my life so long, I can't see myself not being in hockey the rest of my life," Chelios said. "I think there's a position somewhere for me in hockey. If this is the end, I've prepared myself for it."
Sat, Jun 12, 2010 04:06:00 PM

It appears as though Chris Chelios is finally ready to call in a career.

"I'm 99 per cent sure that I think that will end it as a career," he said after being eliminated from the AHL playoffs on Tuesday night. "I don't know if it's the right time to say it, but it has been a great opportunity for me for (27) years. Physically it has caught up. I always said I'd go out when there was nothing left in the tank and I think I'm there." The 48-year-old defenseman appeared in seven games for the Atlanta Thrashers this past season while spending the majority of the year playing for their AHL affiliate in Chicago.
Wed, May 12, 2010 02:48:00 PM

GM Don Waddell is satisfied with the role Chris Chelios played down the stretch.

"We were struggling with leadership in our locker room this year," Waddell said. "We were a streaky team this year. We won games in a row, but we lost games in a row, too. It was a critical part of the year. ... Maybe Chris wasn’t the best player at the time, but he was the best person. When he walked into that locker room there was instant respect for him. He won Stanley Cups, Norris Trophies, so I would do it all over again." On the ice, Chelios had no points and a minus-two plus/minus rating in seven games with Atlanta. He hasn't ruled out the possibility of playing in 2010-11, but he'd probably have to start off in the AHL like he did this season.
Tue, Apr 13, 2010 09:44:00 AM

Chris Chelios hasn't ruled out the possibility of playing in 2010-11.

Chelios spent most of the season with the AHL Chicago Wolves, but he also appeared in seven games with the Atlanta Thrashers. With the Thrashers eliminated from the playoffs, Chelios has been sent back to Chicago to help the Wolves in the postseason. "I don’t know," Chelios said when asked if he'd played in his last NHL game. "I’ve never liked to say. I like to sit back and see. Family has always had a lot to do with it, being away, so we’ll see. I’m going to go back with the Wolves and see if I can win a championship with the Wolves and go from there."
Fri, Apr 9, 2010 07:53:00 AM

DUI charges have been dropped against Chris Chelios.

Chelios was charged in Chicago on Dec. 28 but prosecutors dropped the DUI charge when the judge refused to allow a police video of the incident to be presented if the case went to court. Chelios was fined $500 for speeding and an improper lane change. "I'm very happy with the result and the judge's ruling," Chelios said. "I'm glad to put it behind me, and I'm going to learn from it."
Thu, Apr 8, 2010 07:28:00 AM

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