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Jake Chelios creates his own identity with the Blackhawks


Jake Chelios creates his own identity with the Blackhawks

Jake Chelios said he hadnt been in the Chicago Blackhawks locker rooms since he was eight years old. The young defenseman, whos the son of Chris Chelios, said it was memorable to see them again.

Everything seems a little bit smaller, said the 21-year-old, who opted to participate in the Blackhawks prospect camp instead of the Detroit Red Wings this summer. Its really weird. I have scars from running around those weight rooms.

All nostalgia aside, Chelios is at camp this week to hone his game before going back to Michigan State in the fall. The comparisons to his famous father are obviously there, but Jake wants to be known here, or anywhere else he plays hockey, as his own man.

Growing up you learn to lock it out, said Jake, who played in scrimmages on Wednesday and Thursday with his dad in attendance. Its a good opportunity and I want to make my own name, especially in a city like Chicago where I keep being compared to him. But its a good opportunity and Im excited.

Chelios participated in the Wings camp the past two seasons. And while brother Dean went to Detroits camp this summer, Jake wanted to switch things up. Hes enjoyed his week in Chicago, where he played for the Steel, a Tier 1 Junior hockey squad, a few years ago.

As much as Jake wants to be known for his own game and not his dads, he still welcomes fatherly advice. And Chris Chelios biggest lessons came from his own career, which spanned 26 NHL seasons. The elder Chelios workout regimen helped him play well into his 40s, and that work ethic is what Jake appreciates most.

You can tell by the way he works. He just worked so hard. Im not the most skilled guy, but work hard and usually the results will come, said Jake, who is astounded by the length of his dads career. Its unbelievable, not even counting his youth (hockey career), going 26 years at the pro level and what it does to your body. At 21 I complain about bad knees right now.

Chelios has had a solid camp with the Blackhawks, scoring a goal in Wednesdays scrimmage. Its been a good week in Chicago for Chelios, who grew up watching his dad in a Blackhawks sweater and enjoyed putting on one of his own.

I grew up in it, he said. So putting it on was cool.

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 9

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 9

High School Lites is back with an exciting Week 9 full of thrilling matchups. NBC Sports Chicago has the highlights of some of the top matchups from Friday's games.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NBCSPREPS for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights.

DRIVE: Batavia (episode 9)

TEAM OF THE WEEK: Oak Forest football

VIEWERS' CHOICE GAMES OF THE WEEK: Fremd runs past Schaumburg

WINTRUST ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Notre Dame running back Ty Gavin


(1) Lincoln-Way East 31, (16) Bolingbrook 0

(2) Batavia 24, Wheaton North 13

(3) Brother Rice 31, (17) Montini 0

(4) Marist 24, Benet 7

(6) Homewood-Flossmoor 56, Sandburg 0

(7) Cary-Grove 55, (15) Naperville Central 41

(9) Nazareth Academy 42, Marian Catholic 6

(10) Maine South 48, Niles West 6

(11) Oswego 22, Plainfield South 15

(12) Richards 41, Eisenhower 6

(13) Phillips 41, Raby 0

(14) Willowbrook 42, Downers South 20

(18) Oak Park-River Forest 48, Lyons 0

(19) Warren 43, Mundelein 7

(20) Glenbard West 35, Proviso West 6

(21) Hillcrest 43, Bremen 6

Joliet Catholic 33, (22) Notre Dame 17

(23) Hinsdale Central 21, Hinsdale South 12

(24) Rolling Meadows 34, Buffalo Grove 7

Wheaton Warrenville South 13, (25) St. Charles North 11


Payton 43, Kenwood 42

Coal City 43, Lisle 14

Huntley 55, Dundee-Crown 12

Perspectives 32, Solorio 16


Fenwick vs. (5) Mount Carmel 

(8) Simeon vs. Curie

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Can the Bears pull off an upset at home against Tom Brady and the Patriots?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Can the Bears pull off an upset at home against Tom Brady and the Patriots?

Chris Emma, Matt Zahn and Gabe Ramirez join David Kaplan on the panel.

0:00- NBC Sports National NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh joins the panel to discuss the Bulls’ terrible defensive performance as well as Zach LaVine’s impressive season debut.

11:35- Khalil Mack is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Patriots. Can the Bears pull off the upset against Tom Brady?

23:50- NBC Sports Boston Patriots insider Tom E. Curran joins Kap to talk about how New England views the Bears and discuss how Matt Nagy’s team can exploit the Patriots’ weaknesses.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below.