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Chris Chelios | Defenseman

Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Age / DOB:  (56) / 1/25/1962
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 190
Drafted: 1981 / Rd. 2 (40) / Mon

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The Blackhawks announced Monday that Chris Chelios has returned to the organization to serve as a team ambassador.
"I'm very thankful to Rocky Wirtz and John McDonough for this opportunity to return to the Blackhawks," said Chelios. "Chicago is my hometown and returning to this organization is very special to me and my family." He worked in the front office and as a player development coach for the Detroit Red Wings for the last eight seasons. Jul 24 - 11:17 AM

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Chris Chelios has decided to leave his post as an advisor with the Detroit Red Wings so that he can return to Chicago.

"For me, this is an opportunity to move back to Chicago to be closer to family, and in particular my mother," Chelios said. "I began to seriously consider moving home last February after the passing of my father. Now that my children have all graduated, it seems like the ideal time for my wife, Tracee, and I to make the move. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the Red Wings organization over the last 19 years." Chelios has been a part of the Red Wings organization almost nonstop since he was acquired by Detroit back in 1999. At the time, Chelios was 37-years-old and thus was naturally assumed to be in the twilight of his career. However, Chelios was able to play into his late 40s and logged 578 regular season games with Detroit. He also won the Stanley Cup with the Red Wings in 2002 and 2008.
Jul 20 - 3:28 AM

Chris Chelios will speak to NHLPA executive director Don Fehr about joining the NHLPA.

"I had a great relationship with Don Fehr," Chelios told MLive on Saturday. "It would be great to sit down and talk with him. If this doesn't work out I have every intention of coming back to the Wings. I'm just going through the process with Don Fehr to see if there's any role and if it appeals to me." Chelios recently agreed to part ways with the Red Wings organization due to a conflict of interest. He worked extremely well with the NHLPA during his time in the league and it's just a matter of finding a good fit when he meets with Don Fehr next week.
Source: MLive
Sat, Jun 10, 2017 02:41:00 PM

Chris Chelios and the Detroit Red Wings have reportedly parted ways.

Chelios served as an assistant coach on the Red Wings staff last season after spending five years as a special adviser to GM Ken Holland. TSN's Darren Dreger says that there's no bad blood between the two sides. Dreger added that Chelios is leaving the team to potentially join the NHLPA.
Wed, Jun 7, 2017 08:19:00 PM

Chris Chelios is joining Team USA's World Juniors' staff as an assistant coach.

Danton Cole and Kevin Reiter have also been selected to serve under bench boss Ron Wilson. Chelios' resume speaks for itself as he's a three-time Norris Trophy winner and three-time Stanley Cup champion. He also ranks fifth on the all-time games played list with 1,651. Since hanging up his skates, Chelios has worked for the Red Wings' organization and, in particular, has helped oversee the franchise's prospect development. There's been speculation that he would be part of new Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill's staff as an assistant.
Source: USA Hockey
Wed, Jun 17, 2015 01:14:00 PM

Chris Chelios is expected to join the Detroit Red Wings' bench as Head Coach Jeff Blashill's assistant.

This will be Chelios' first coaching gig, as he has spent the past several seasons since retiring in 2010 as an adviser to hockey operations. His primary job was to oversee prospect development, which was in addition to working with the business side of the organization. The Hall of Fame defender and three-time Cup champion (twice with the Red Wings) will certainly have plenty of wisdom to share with the boys on the ice.
Tue, Jun 9, 2015 08:32:00 PM

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

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

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