Blackhawks Great Chris Chelios Inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame

Blackhawks Great Chris Chelios Inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame

Defenseman Chris Chelios will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

Chelios played in 26 NHL seasons, playing his last game at age 48 in April 2010.  He started his career with the Montreal Canadiens in 1983, played for the Blackhawks between 1990 and 1999 (captain from ’95 to ’99), and played the next decade for the Red Wings before his last NHL days with the Atlanta Thrashers.  He won the Norris Trophy, which names the best defenseman in the league each year, three times.

Chelios was always a local favorite in Chicago, especially when his own restaurant, Cheli’s Chili Bar, was open on West Madison Street not far from the United Center.  It closed when he left for the Red Wings.  He joins forward Brendan Shanahan and defenseman Scott Niedermayer in this year’s Hall of Fame class.

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