Chris Chelios Inducted into Hall of Fame
Hey that's isn't Chris Chelios pictured to the left. You'd be right, that is his son Jake who is a free agent invitee to the Blackhawks prospect camp this week. It might be the reason that Chelios was home alone on Tuesday when he got that call that he being inducted into the Hockey Hallf of Fame.
This comes two years after he was inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame. He will be joined this year by Brendan Shanahan, Scott Niedermayer, Geraldine Heaney and Fred Shero.
Chelios, a Chicago native, retired at the age of the age of 48 after 26 seasons which included time with the Canadians, Blackhawks, Red Wings and Trashers. He won the Norris Trophy, given to the year's best defenseman, three times. Twice during his time with the Hawks. He got his name on Lord Stanley's Cup twice during his tenure with the Wings and once during his time in Montreal.
Fun facts: He was traded for fellow hall of famer Denis Savard in the trade that brought him to Chicago. He is the oldest player to ever be up for the first time for induction into the hall. Holds the record for most games played by a defenseman, US born player, playoff games as well as most season in the playoffs. His team was in the postseason 24 of his 26 years.
He spent seven season in Montreal, nine in Chicago, 10 in Detroit and his final season bouncing between the Trashers and their AHL affiliate, which happen to be in Chicago. Chelios played in 1651 regular season games and finished his career plus 350. He scored 185 goals and tallied 763 assists for a total of 948 points.
To the surprise of many, not in Chicago, the Blackhawks have not retired his No. 7. He is also not widely beloved by the fan base. Many fans still hold it against him that he was traded to Detroit after saying he would never go there.
More fans, including myself, still hold it against him that when he was honored by the Hawks during a game against the Wings, his mother wore a half Hawks-half Wings jersey. I think you can imagine how that went over, video of it are below. When asked today what team he most associated himself with, his answer was USA.
Over the years he has always been very careful not to alienate either fanbase. Chelios is currently a member of the Red Wings front office as advisor to hockey operations.
The hope for some was that Chelios would be joined by his former Hawks teammate, Jeremy Roenick. Unfortutanly Roenick did not receive 75 percent of the vote so he will have to wait till next year.
Congrats to Chelios on his induction. Maybe some day after Brent Seabrooks time in Chicago is done that No.7 might hang in the rafters for both of them.