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Myers: Top 7 moments of Chris Chelios' career

Myers: Top 7 moments of Chris Chelios' career

Friday, Dec. 17, 2010
12:21 PM

By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

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.

95 Days to Kickoff: Waubonsie Valley

95 Days to Kickoff: Waubonsie Valley

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O'Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we'll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Waubonsie Valley

Head coach: Paul Murphy

Assistant coaches: Ron Griffin, Tom Baumgarnter, Chris Genslinger, Brad Caldwell, Josh Cuttone, Noel Soto, Ryan Voitik, Duane Butts and Ken Anderson

How they fared in 2017: 4-5 (4-4 DuPage Valley Conference). Waubonsie Valley failed to qualify for the IHSA playoff field.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Oak Park-River Forest

Aug. 31 vs Libertyville

Sept 7 @ Neuqua Valley

Sept. 14 @ Edwardsville

Sept. 21 vs Naperville North

Sept. 28 vs Neuqua Valley

Oct. 5 vs Prairie Ridge

Oct. 12 @ Naperville Central

Oct. 19 @ Metea Valley

[MORE: 96 Days to Kickoff: Jacobs]

Biggest storyline: It's all about the schedule. Can the Warriors survive a challenging lineup --which includes playing Neuqua Valley twice-- and make the playoffs?

Names to watch this season: WR Julian Cain and DL Avante Rogers

Biggest holes to fill: The Warriors will have several new faces on both the offensive and defensive lines in 2018. 

EDGY's Early Take: It's not often that veteran head coach Paul Murphy and his Warriors view the playoffs from home. But that's what happened last year. They were the first Waubonsie team since 2006 to do just that. Look for the Warriors to rely on a strong group of receivers to bounce back this fall. They also feature a good group of underclassmen ready to step up. Also, they will need to get used to life in the newly-realigned DuPage Valley Conference. The 2018 schedule includes two games against big district rival Neuqua Valley and a loaded non-conference slate which includes some heavy hitters. 

Will Mitch Trubisky be this season's Jared Goff?

Will Mitch Trubisky be this season's Jared Goff?

The Chicago Bears have been compared to the Los Angeles Rams as a team capable of a significant one-year turnaround after the many moves by GM Ryan Pace to improve the offense and build around second-year quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

According to NFL.com's Adam Schein, the comparisons go one step further. He thinks Trubisky is the best candidate to be 2018's version of Jared Goff:

"I'm infatuated with the Bears' offseason," Schein wrote. "The Bears smartly followed the Rams' blueprint from last offseason: hand the keys to an offensive guru/quarterback whisperer (Matt Nagy) and dedicate the offseason to surrounding your young signal-caller with talent (Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel and Trey Burton in free agency, James Daniels and Anthony Miller in the draft). Trubisky will follow in Goff's footsteps and take a major jump in his sophomore campaign."

MULLIN: Teammates see greatness in Trubisky

The comparison of Trubisky to Goff makes a ton of sense. Both were drafted with franchise-quarterback expectations but had average rookie seasons. Both played their first year with an old-school, defensive-minded head coach who was later replaced by a young up-and-coming offensive specialist. And both Goff and Trubisky were given high-powered weapons to begin their sophomore seasons with (the Rams signed Robert Woods and traded for Sammy Watkins before last season). 

Trubisky has to turn these comparisons into production, however. The Rams' remarkable 2017 campaign was just that because rarely does a team have such a dramatic turnaround in only one offseason. The odds aren't in the Bears' favor.

Still, there's a surge of confidence and support in and around Trubisky from the coaching staff and his teammates. He's doing everything he can to prepare for a Goff-like season. We'll find out soon enough if his preparation pays off.