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Chris Chelios
Selected in second round
No. 40 overall by Montreal Canadiens

Born January 25, 1962
Position: Defense
Height: 6-1   Weight: 185
Shoots: Right
Last Team: Moose Jaw (SJHL)                           
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois (USA)
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Year TeamLeague GPG ATP PIM
1976-77 Mt. CarmelIllinois H.S. ---- ---- --
1979-80 Moose JawSJHL 5312 3143 118
1980-81 Moose JawSJHL 5423 6487 175

SJHL Best Defenseman:
1980-81 (Moose Jaw)
SJHL All-Star First Team: 1979-80, 1980-81 (Moose Jaw)
Miscellaneous: Not selected in 1980 NHL Entry Draft despite being eligible. ... Grew up in Chicago, where his immigrant father, Constantine "Gus" Chelios owned a chain of Greek restaurants. ... Moved to Poway, Calif., with his family in 1977 when his father left his struggling business in Chicago to open a restaurant in the San Diego area. ... Was a Chicago Black Hawks fan during his childhood, but was more focused on football, idolizing Bears linebacker Dick Butkus. ... Played the clarinet in his junior high school band. He eventually quit playing the clarinet so he could focus on hockey. ... Played at Mt. Carmel High School in Chicago before moving to California, but was limited to playing in recreational leagues after arriving in San Diego.
USIU to Canada: Because Chelios had not played high school hockey as a junior or senior in California, he was not recruited by U.S. colleges. His only scholarship offer came from local U.S. International University in San Diego, Calif. USIU was preparing for its second year as an NCAA Division I independent team in 1979-80. Chelios arrived on campus for the 1979-80 school year and soon realized he was in the wrong environment because he was going up against bigger players with considerably more junior experience. He was eventually cut from the team and considered quitting hockey and focusing on school. One day on a beach, he ran into former USIU teammate Bob Parker who suggested he try playing in Canada. Taking this advice, Chelios left campus and first went to Ontario but failed to make Junior B teams in Hawkesbury and Chatham. On the verge of quitting hockey again, he was contacted by the coach of the Tier II Moose Jaw (Sask.) Canucks, who needed a spare defenseman. He went to Moose Jaw for the entire 1979-80 season and returned to the team for a second season in 1980-81. The Tier II experience in Moose Jaw helped Chelios earn a scholarship offer from Wisconsin. Because he had not played during the 1979-80 or 1980-81 seasons, he was not subject to NCAA transfer rules and was allowed to join Wisconsin for the 1981-82 season.
Debut: March 8, 1984 (Hartford at Montreal)
Numbers:  24 (Montreal); 7 (Chicago); 24 (Detroit)
Stanley Cup: 1986, 2002.  Playing Status: Active
Years TeamsGP GA TPPIM
1984-2006 Mont., Chi, Detroit1,476 182743 9252,803
YearsTeams GPG ATP PIM
1984-2006 Mont., Chi., Detroit228 30107 137399

Norris Trophy:
1988-89 (Montreal), 1992-93, 1995-96 (Chicago)
Bud Light Plus-Minus Award (+/- Leader): 2001-02 (Det.) (plus-40)
NHL All-Star First Team: 1988-89 (Montreal), 1992-93, 1995, 1995-96 (Chicago), 2001-02 (Detroit)
Sporting News All-Star First Team: 1988-89 (Montreal), 1992-93, 1995-96, 1996-97 (Chicago)
NHL All-Star Second Team: 1990-91, 1996-97 (Chicago)
Sporting News All-Star Second Team: 1990-91, 1991-92 (Chicago), 2001-02 (Detroit)
NHL All-Rookie Team: 1984-85 (Montreal)
All-Star Game: 1985, 1990 (Montreal), 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998 (Chicago), 2000, 2002 (Detroit)
Stanley Cup Finals (Lost): 1989 (Montreal), 1992 (Chicago)
NHL All-Star Game Captain: 1997 (Chicago, Western Conference)
Montreal Co-Captain: September 1989 until June 29, 1990
Chicago Captain: September 1995 until March 23, 1999
Montreal Records: Most assists by a rookie (55 in 1984-85), most points by a rookie defenseman (64 in 1984-85), most assists by a rookie defenseman (55 in 1984-85), most consecutive games by defenseman with at least one goal (4 from March 9, 1988, until March 16, 1988, shares record)
Chicago Records: Most career penalty minutes (1,495), most assists by a defenseman in one season (58 in 1992-93 and 1995-96), most points by a defenseman in one playoff year (21 in 1992), most penalty minutes in one game (51 vs. Harford on Oct. 14, 1993), most penalty minutes in one period (37 in third period vs. Hartford on Oct. 14, 1993), most penalties in one game (8 vs. Hartford on Oct. 14, 1993, shares record), most consecutive games by a defenseman with at least one point (15 from Oct. 26, 1995, until Nov. 28, 1995), most goals by a defenseman in one playoff year (6 in 1992), most assists by a defenseman in one playoff year (15 in 1992, shares record), most power-play goals in one period of one playoff game (2 vs. St. Louis on on April 20, 1992, shares record), most assists in one period of a playoff game (3 in third period vs. Edmonton on May 18, 1992, shares record), most overtime goals in one playoff year (2 in 1995), most overtime goals in one playoff series (2 vs. Vancouver in 1995)
Detroit Records: Most assists by a defenseman in one playoff year (13 in 2002, shares record), most assists in one playoff game (4 vat Vancouver on April 27, 2002, shares record), most assists by a defenseman in one playoff game (4 at Vancouver on April 27, 2002, shares record), most assists in one period of one playoff game (4 in second period at Vancouver on April 27, 2002, shares record)
Montreal Assists Leader: 1984-85 (55), 1988-89 (58)
Montreal Playoffs Points Leader: 1989 (19, tie)
Montreal Playoffs Assists Leader: 1984 (9), 1985 (8, tie), 1989 (15)
Montreal Playoffs Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1988 (29)
Chicago Points Leader: 1995-96 (72)
Chicago Assists Leader: 1992-93 (58), 1995 (33), 1995-96 (58)
Chicago Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1993-94 (212)
Chicago Playoffs Points Leader: 1991 (8, tie)
Chicago Playoffs Assists Leader: 1991 (7), 1992 (15)
Chicago Playoffs PIM Leader: 1991 (46, tie), 1992 (37), 1993 (14)
Detroit Penalty-Minutes Leader: 2001-02 (126)
Detroit Playoffs Penalty-Minutes Leader: 2002 (44)
Miscellaneous: Ranked by The Hockey News in 1997 as the 40th greatest NHL player of all time. ... Joined Montreal for balance of 1983-84 season after competing in 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. He delayed his first game with Montreal despite signing immediately after Olympics because he was recovering from a bruised right foot, an injury suffered when he was hit by a puck during Team USA's Feb. 9, 1984, game vs. Czechoslovakia. He did not miss any games during the Olympics due to the injury, but he was not 100 percent healthy by the time he arrived in Montreal. ... Paired on defense with Tom Kurvers for Montreal as a rookie in 1984-85. ... Missed part of 1984-85 season with sprained right ankle, an injury suffered during Montreal's Jan. 15, 1985, game at Quebec. ... Missed part of 1985 playoffs with left knee injury, suffered during Game 4 of Montreal's first-round series at Boston on April 14, 1985, and re-aggravated during Game 2 of Montreal's Adams Division finals series vs. Quebec on April 21, 1985. ... Missed nearly half of 1985-86 season with sprained left knee, an injury suffered during Montreal's Dec. 19, 1985, game at Quebec. He did not return to action until Montreal's Jan. 20, 1986, game at Quebec, at which time he re-aggravated the injury on his first shift. He did not return to action after that until Montreal's March 19, 1986, game at Winnipeg. ... Missed parts of 1986-87 season with back spasms, an injury suffered during Montreal's Oct. 15, 1986, game at Buffalo, with eye injury, suffered during Montreal's Dec. 13, 1986, game at Montreal, with groin injury suffered during Montreal's Dec. 31, 1986, game vs. Quebec, and with sprained shoulder, an injury suffered during Montreal's Feb. 21, 1987, game at N.Y. Islanders. ... Missed parts of 1987-88 season with broken left pinkie finger, an injury suffered during Montreal's Dec. 9, 1987, game at N.Y. Rangers, and with bruised tailbone, an injury suffered during Montreal's Feb. 6, 1988, game vs. Detroit. ... Became first right-handed shot defenseman to win Norris Trophy when he achieved feat in 1988-89. ... Became first U.S.-born player to be named captain of the Montreal Canadiens in September 1989. ... Missed part of 1989-90 season with pulled groin, an injury suffered during Montreal's Jan. 6, 1990, game vs. Buffalo. ... Missed remainder of 1989-90 regular season and start of 1990 playoffs with strained ligaments in left knee, an injury suffered during Montreal's Feb. 14, 1990, game vs. Vancouver. The injury required arthroscopic surgery on March 23, 1990, and Chelios did not return to action until Game 1 of Montreal's Adams Division finals series at Boston on April 19, 1990. ... Had postseason surgery for an abdominal injury on April 30, 1990. ... Missed part of 1990-91 season with laceration of left temple, an injury suffered when he was cut by Bob Sweeney's skate during a pileup behind the net on the opening shift of Chicago's Feb. 9, 1991, game at Boston. The gash required 40 stitches to close. ... Suspended one game by NHL (automatic suspension) during 1990-91 season for receiving his third game misconduct of the season during Chicago's March 14, 1991, game at Los Angeles. ... Named NHL Player of Week for week ending Feb. 6, 1995. ... Was runner-up to Paul Coffey for 1995 Norris Trophy. ... Became first defenseman in Chicago history to lead team in scoring when he achieved that feat in 1995-96. ... Missed parts of 1996-97 season with strained left knee, an injury suffered when he was boarded by Keith Jones during Chicago's March 1, 1997, game at Colorado, and with sore lower back, an injury suffered when he was checked by Glen Featherstone in Chicago's April 6, 1997, game vs. Calgary. The Blackhawks argued that both the Jones and Featherstone hits were dirty plays in which Chelios was targeted. Jones later told reporters that Chelios challenged him to postgame fight in the runway to the dressing room after the March 1, 1997, game. Chelios called Jones a coward for going to the press with the story instead of actually fighting him. ... Led all NHL players in fan voting for the 1997 NHL All-Star Game. ... Missed NHL playoffs for first and only time in his career with Chicago in 1997-98. ... Played in 1,000th NHL game for Chicago on April 16, 1998, vs. New Jersey. ... Missed parts of 1998-99 season with strained groin, an injury suffered during Chicago's Nov. 12, 1998, game vs. Toronto, and re-aggravated during Detroit's April 7, 1999, game vs. Vancouver. ... Missed most of 2000-01 season with left knee injury. He originally suffered the injury when he twisted the knee during Detroit's Oct. 17, 2000, game vs. St. Louis. He had arthroscopic surgery to repair damaged cartilage on Oct. 18, 2000, and returned for Detroit's Oct. 31, 2000, game at Washington. He re-aggravated the injury during Detroit's Nov. 15, 2000, game vs. San Jose and had extensive surgery to reconstruct the ACL on Nov. 20, 2000. He did not return to action until Detroit's Feb. 23, 2001, game vs. St. Louis. ... Missed remainder of 2000-01 regular season and start of 2001 playoffs with broken thumb, suffered during Detroit's March 17, 2001, game at Colorado. ... Was runner-up to teammate Nicklas Lidstrom for 2001-02 Norris Trophy. ... Led all NHL defensemen with 13 assists in 2002 Stanley Cup playoffs. ... Missed parts of 2002-03 season with fractured finger, suffered during Detroit's Dec. 1, 2002, game vs. Calgary, and with unspecified lower left leg injury, originally suffered in Detroit's Dec. 31, 2002, game at St. Louis and re-aggravated during Detroit's Jan. 22, 2003, game vs. Edmonton. ... Missed part of 2003-04 season with sprained right knee, an injury suffered during Detroit's Dec. 8, 2003, game vs. Los Angeles. He did not return to action until Detroit's Dec. 31, 2003, game vs. Atlanta. ... Missed part of 2003-04 season with bruised left shoulder, an injury suffered during Detroit's Feb. 24, 2004, game at Vancouver. He did not return to action until Detroit's March 5, 2004, game vs. Vancouver. ... Missed part of 2004 playoffs with upper body injury, suffered in Game 2 of Detroit's second-round series vs. Calgary on April 25, 2004. He did not return to action until Game 5 of the series on May 1, 2004. He re-aggravated the injury in that game and missed remainder of playoffs. ... Signed one-year contract with Detroit on May 31, 2006, ensuring he would return for the 2006-07 NHL season at age 44.
Season of Suspensions: Known for rough play throughout his NHL career, Chelios sat out eight games during the 1993-94 season as a result of his on-ice behavior. He earned the first suspension for abusing linesman Bernard DeGrace at 3:19 of the third period during Chicago's Oct. 14, 1993, game vs. Hartford. DeGrace had been restraining Chelios after breaking up Chelios' fight with Brian Propp, when Chelios pushed DeGrace aside so that he could join another fight involving Brian Noonan and Adam Burt. Chelios got two game misconducts, a 10-minute misconduct, a fighting major and an instigating minor from referee Kerry Fraser. The NHL announced an indefinite suspension on Oct. 15, 1993, and held a hearing into the matter on Oct. 18, 1993, when it set the suspension at four games. Chelios was angered by the harsh suspension because the NHL had treated him as a habitual offender and because referee Fraser had not treated the incident as abuse of an official when it happened. During the suspension, Chelios took time away from the team to visit his ailing sister in San Diego, while cooling off and avoiding the press. Four months later, Chelios was suspended by the NHL a second time, also for four games, and fined $500 by for scratching Dana Murzyn's eye in a fight at the end of the second period during Chicago's Feb. 2, 1994, game at Vancouver. Referee Bill McCreary gave Chelios a match penalty for attempting to injure another player, prompting an automatic NHL review. The suspension was announced by NHL vice president Brian Burke on Feb. 4, 1994. Linesman Shane Heyer said Chelios scratched Murzyn, even though a video review failed to resolve the issue in either direction. Still angry over his earlier suspension, Chelios told the press that he felt the NHL officials were targeting Chicago players for penalties. He named Fraser, McCreary and Denis Morel as three officials who held "grudges" against the team. In addition to four games, the second suspension cost Chelios $34,000 in lost salary, prompting a failed appeal by Chelios' agent, Tom Reich.
Post-Draft Teams: Wisconsin (WCHA); Team USA; Biel-Bienne (Switzerland); Motor City (UHL)
Olympics: 1984 (seventh place), 1998 (5-8 place), 2002 (silver medal), 2006 (5-8 place)
NHL-USSR Rendez-vous Series: 1987
Canada Cup: 1984 (fourth), 1987 (fifth), 1991 (second)
World Cup of Hockey: 1996 (first place), 2004 (fourth place)
World Championships: 1994 (fourth place)
World Junior Championships: 1982 (sixth place)
NCAA Championship:
1983 (Wisconsin)
Canada Cup All-Star First Team: 1991
World Cup of Hockey All-Star First Team: 1996
NCAA Tournament All-Star First Team: 1983 (Wisconsin)
WCHA All-Star Second Team: 1982-83 (Wisconsin)
Wisconsin Coyne Award (Most Consistent): 1982-83
Team USA Olympic Captain: 1998, 2002, 2006
Miscellaneous: Competed in 1981 U.S. National Sports Festival. ... His WHL rights were held by Brandon during the 1981-82 season. ... Left University of Wisconsin after sophomore year to join Team USA for 1983-84 pre-Olympic tour and 1984 Olympics. ... Played three games with Biel-Bienne (Switzerland) during 1994-95 NHL lockout before tearing knee ligament in December 1995. ... Named to Team USA for 2003 World Championships, but declined invitation. ... Played in UHL during 2004-05 NHL lockout. ... Active in charitable causes during his playing days in Chicago, founding "Cheli's Children" to raise money for disabled kids and sponsoring an annual charity golf tournament . Also did charitable work for March of Dimes campaign in Detroit. ... Lived in Los Angeles during the off-seasons of later playing days, working on a strict dryland training regimen to keep himself in shape. ... Continued family tradition by owning restaurant during playing days in Chicago. ... Opened Cheli's Chil Bar restaurant in Dearborn, Mich., in 2003. ... Named to all-time NCAA Tournament All-Star team by an NCAA panel in 1997. ... Named to defense position on 12-player All-Time USA Hockey Team in 1997. ... ... Named one of  50 greatest players in WCHA history by conference on Feb. 15, 2002. ... Considered taking up bobsled racing during the 2004-05 lockout in a bid to represent Greece at the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy. He trained with the U.S. bobsled team for a few weeks before giving it up to play in minors. ... Became oldest American ever to compete in the Olympic hockey tournament when he played for Team USA at Torino, Italy, in 2006. ... Has own official website at
Personal: Nicknamed "Cheli." ... Full name is Christos K. Chelios. ... Older brother of former minor-leaguer Steve Chelios. ... Cousin of NHL player Nikos Tselios, whose father was one of Chelios' father's brothers. The family name was originally Tselios, but Gus Chelios changed his family's spelling to "Chelios."
TRADE: Montreal traded Chelios and 1991 second-round pick (Mike Pomichter) to Chicago in exchange for Denis Savard on June 29, 1990.

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