Earlier this week, Chris Chelios decided to hang up the skates for good when he was offered the position of Executive Adviser to Ken Holland, the GM of the Red Wings. After being selected by the Montreal Canadiens with the 40th overall pick in the 1981 NHL draft, Chris’ career took off. In 26 seasons, Chelios played for the Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, and Atlanta Thrashers. In 1651 NHL games (most of all time for U.S. born skaters), Chelios scored 185 goals along with adding 763 assists for a total of 948 career points. In that time, Chelios was able to capture three Stanley Cups (Canadiens-’86, Red Wings-’02, ’08) and win three Norris Trophies (’89, ’93,’ 96) for the best defenseman. He was a member of four Olympic teams (’84, ’98, ’02, ’06) and captained three of them. Chelios even is second on the all-time list for penalty minutes by a defenseman with 2,891. Those are impressive numbers and without a doubt will land Chelios in the Hall of Fame on the first ballot.
The game lost a great player not just on the ice, but off it as well. Chris was a key voice in the locker room and provided the leadership young players needed. His production had decreased a lot over the last few years, but why the Red Wings and Thrashers kept him aboard was because of the leadership factor.
Chelios will have a strong voice in the Red Wing’s organization especially after Steve Yzerman’s departure for Tampa Bay. Chris knows the game and business so well, Ken Holland will be consulting him with every move. The future of the Detroit Red Wings is in very good hands now.
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