So, you may know that every couple of years former NHL players ebter the HOF. All players that play in the NHL hope one day to be in the HOF. This year, two Hawks are joining the U. S. Hockey Hall Of Fame!
Chris Chelios and Gary Suter are entering the HOF. These guys had great and long careers with the Hawks. But it was not just the career with the Hawks that is putting them into the HOF.
Chris Chelios was drafted in 1981 by the Montreal Canadiens. Since he was a remarkable ockey played, he was chosen 1981-1982 World Junior Hockey Champions. Even though he was drafted in 81, he was still playing college hockey for Wisconsin until 1984. in 1983 he was a part of the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship. Thats pretty impresive for a young NHL prospect. Chelios was also a part of the U.S Hockey team that played in the 1984 Winter Olympics and 1984 Canada Cup.
Chris Chelios made his debute for Montreal in 1984. This guy, hockey was his life. He went to All-Star game that year and made the 85 All-Rookie Team. So as you could see his rookie year was great but not as great as the next year. The 85-86 season he won the Stanley Cup! He also earned the nickname "Soft Hands Chelios." The next two seasons Chelios played amazing but in 88-89, Chelios numbers went through the roof. He scored 73 points in 80 games at +35. He also made All-Star First Team and won the James Norris Memorial Trophy.
Only playing 53 games next season, Chris Chelios was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for Denis Savard. The Hawks also got a 2nd round draft pick for the upcoming draft. That first year with the Hawks was great. He got to his second All- Star Game and got the the Stanley Cup but got swept by the Penguins. He also won another Norris trophy. The 94-95 lockout meant no hockey. But next season he was his great self. He scored 73 points and won his 3rd Norris Trophy. Chris Chelios helped the 1996 U.S team beat Canada in the 1996 World Cup of Hockey. He was captin of the Hawks from 1995-1999.
At 37,he was traded to the Detriot Red Wings for Anders Eriksson and 2 1st round draft picks for the upcoming NHL draft. His career with the wings was good. He made the All-Star team many times, won 2 Stanley Cups, led the U.S. to a silver medal in 2002, named captin in 2006 U.S team in the 2006 Winter Olympics, and he kept signing contract after contract. At age 46 the Red Wings re singed him and then he signed 25 day pro try-out contract with the Chicago Wolves. Later he signed with the Thrashers (2 year contract) in 10. He later retired on Augest 31, 2010.
Now let's talk about Gary Suter. He was drafted in 1984 by Calgary. That year he won the Calder Trophy. In 1989 he won the Stanley Cup with Calgary. He also played for Chicago Blackhawks and the San Jose Sharks. With 844 NHL career points, Suter is ranked 13th overall among American players, fourth overall among American defensemen, and fourteenth overall among all defensemen. He also got a silver medal 2002 in Salt lake City for the Winter Olympics.
His career in the NHL was amazing well, it had to be amazing if he got into the HOF. He started his career with Calgary was from 1985 to 1994. Withing that time span, he reached the playoffs 7 times and won a Stanley Cup. While playing with Calgary some of his numers were: over 1,000 games played, 124 goals, 428 assists.
In 1993 he joined the hawks in the during the season. Gary played with the Hawks from 1993 to 1998 and made 4 playoff apperences. His numbers were not as good as they were with Calgary though. Some numbers with the Hawks are: 228 games played, 39 goals with 98 assists.
In 1998 he joined up with the San Jose Sharks. His career with San jose was the worst numbers of his career. Some of the numbers were: 22 goals, and 51 assists. He made the playoffs 3 of the 4 seasons. He did not do good in the playoffs. He quit hockey after the 2002 season.
As you read, these players were great. They deserve the HOF.