Friday, Dec. 17, 2010
By Tracey Myers
How do you condense Chris Chelios 26-season NHL career into a few memorable moments? It wasnt easy, but weve managed to select a few of his best. Here are seven moments for the Blackhawks former No. 7:
1. Chelios comes home: After more than six seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, the Chicago-born Chelios was traded to the Blackhawks for Denis Savard in 1990. He would play nine seasons here his last four as team captain and win two Norris Trophies.
2. Once, twice, three times a winner: No, he didnt get to hoist one in a Blackhawks uniform, but Chelios would hoist the Stanley Cup three times in his career, once with Montreal and two more times with the Detroit Red Wings.
3. We have a winner: The Blackhawks have been making postseason life miserable for the Vancouver Canucks for a long time. In the 1995 Western Conference Semifinals, Chelios scored the game-winning goal in Games 3 and 4 to help the Blackhawks sweep the Canucks.
4. Hard to say goodbye: Fans had already watched too many of their favorite Blackhawks get traded away in the mid- to late-1990s, and Chelios was one of the final ones to go when he was dealt to the Detroit Red Wings in March of 1999.
5. The 1991-92 playoff run: The Blackhawks trip to the 92 Cup finals included a record 11-game string of victories. Chelios had his share of big moments as well, and his 21 points during that postseason (six goals, 15 assists) is still a franchise best for a defenseman.
6. World Cup of gold: While with the Blackhawks, Chelios was also part of the 1996 Team USA that would win the gold medal at the World Cup of Hockey. Chelios was named to the all-star roster for Team USA, which took gold by beating Canada twice in Montreal, where Chelios pro career began.
7. Calling it a career: After 26 seasons, 1,917 regular- and postseason games, four Olympics, three Cups and one Olympic silver medal, Chelios retired this past August at age 48. Hes now serving as the Wings adviser to hockey operations.
Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.