“DETROIT SUCKS! DETROIT SUCKS!” can be heard booming throughout the Madhouse On Madison versus the Detroit Red Wings by many Blackhawk fans in person, through the TV and radio. The Wings-Blackhawks rivalry extends back to both clubs inaugural season, only the Canadiens-Bruins top the league in rivalry years. The saying should have a special place in one ex-Blackhawks heart seeing as he was traded from the team he captained to the teams, well, most hated rival the Detroit Red Wings.
While funny to some, true Hawk fans know to hold their tongues when Chris Chelios makes an appearance in the building. Having played from 1983 to 2010, there is no doubt as to why this 11-time All Star, 3-time Norris Trophy recipient, 2011 USA Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, and not to mention 3-time Stanley Cup Champion, has been named to the 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame class –in his 1st year of eligibility.
Entering the Hall as a Red Wing is bittersweet for us Chicago fans, the Windy City native was known for his leadership having captained one of his seven seasons with the Montreal Canadiens and five of his nine for the Blackhawks.
Chris made his way to Chicago via a trade that sent esteemed Blackhawks Ambassador Denis Savard to Montreal. Though Savy was sent packing and fans left chagrin by the change, the blueliner quickly eased the pain by increasing his tempo and was never afraid to rough up his opponents. Wearing the Indian head Chelios holds the 3rd spot as a Blackhawk defenseman in total points (92 Goals, 395 Assists). In the 8th postion is the Brent Seabrook who currently wears Chris’ number as a Blackhawk (#7 for those who are unfamiliar).
Even with a Wings logo adorning his chest it’s difficult not to like the man who represented his country during the Olympics winning silver in 2002 at the Salt Lake City Games. It is agreed that his best playoff performance came in 2002 when he showed the true grit it takes be a defenseman in the National Hockey League by winning his 2nd Cup title as a 41 year old with the Detroit Red Wings.
Chris retired in 2010 at 48 years old, the second oldest player behind Gordie Howe –retired as a 52 year old. Now Chelios is in his third season as an advisor to hockey operations for the Detroit Red Wings, recently son Dean Chelios was invited to and participated in the teams prospect camp were his father is an instructor.
It’s exciting to see another incredible player who left an impression on the Chicago Blackhawks and vice versa to enter the Hockey Hall of Fame. We, the Hawk fans are thankful for his dedication to hockey for the sake of his country and each team he has represented.
Relive the night the Hawks celebrated an ambassador for the game of hockey! Blackhawks Hold Chris Chelios Heritage Night After Retirement Announcement