Chris Chelios

After the NHL regained its broadcast rights in 2021, Chelios returned to ESPN to work as a studio analyst, where he joined Barry Melrose, Mark Messier, and Steve Levy during games on ESPN+. He was also named to the IIHF All-Time USA Team.

Chris Chelios

Chris Chelios is a three-time Stanley Cup-winning former American ice hockey defenseman. He is an accomplished scorer and a great leader. He is also a popular personality who has inspired fans with his dedication to the game. He is one of the best known sports figures in the country. He has won the NHL’s Best Defenseman Award three times. His career highlights include a four-year stint with the Boston Bruins and a Stanley Cup championship with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

After playing for the University of Wisconsin, Chelios was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft. He then played for the Moose Jaw Canucks of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. In his final season, he scored 87 points in 54 games. He then played two years for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was a member of the United States team during the 1984 Winter Olympics.

After retiring from the NHL, Chelios became an Adviser to Hockey Operations with the Detroit Red Wings. During that time, Chelios helped develop the team’s defensive prospects in the American Hockey League. In the 2007-08 season, he was the oldest defenseman to score a shorthanded goal in the NHL.

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Chelios was born in Chicago, Illinois, and played ice hockey for 26 seasons in the NHL. After his junior years, he moved to Poway, California. He spent one year in Canada, but he failed twice in the Canadian Junior ‘B’ program. Ultimately, he returned to Southern California and played for the Moose Jaw Canucks of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. The Montreal Canadiens selected him in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft.

Chelios made his first full-time appearance with the Canadiens in the 1984-85 season. During his rookie season, he scored 64 points and was named to the NHL’s All-Star Rookie Team. He also finished second to Mario Lemieux for the Calder Memorial Trophy. In the playoffs, he scored 10 points in nine games and had a +17 plus/minus.

Chelios has a long list of accomplishments, including being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. He also serves as an executive for the Detroit Red Wings. Chelios is also a stand-up paddle surfer and an avid hockey fan. His long-time career has helped him to maintain an active lifestyle. He credits these activities with his success in sports.

While Chelios was known for his fiery temper, he also had a good defensive presence. He was known for his elbow and kidney punches, which earned him the nickname “Kid’s Knee”. He was also a good scorer and agitator. His reputation preceded him in every Wings’ barn.

Chelios won two Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings during his 10-year career. He has also been named to the IIHF All-Time Team.