HOF Profiles: 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame Class Announced Part 1

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Chris Chelios started his road to the Hall of Fame with the Moose Jaw Canucks in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL). He started in 1978-79 and played there until the ’80-81 season. He played in 131 games, scored 38 goals and 111 assists to give him a total of 149 points in the SJHL. Right as he was finishing up here, he was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 1981, 40th overall.

He then attended Wisconsin University for 2 seasons. The Wisconsin Badgers are a part of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. As a Badger, he had 97 points in 88 games.

He then joined the Canadiens in the 1983-84 season and remained there until the conclusion of the 1989-90 season. In 402 games, he totaled 309 points. 207 of those points were assists.

He would then go on to play 9 seasons as a Chicago Blackhawk with a 3-game career as a EHC Biel in the Swiss-A league during the 1994-95 lockout. After that, he would spend 10 seasons as a Detroit Red Wing with a 23-game career as a Motor City Mechanic in the now-extinct United Hockey League during the 2004-05 lockout.

He would then spend one season as a Grand Rapids Griffin and another season as a Chicago Wolf, both in the AHL. His final professional season was as an Atlanta Thrasher for the duration of the team’s second-to-last year in Atlanta.

His NHL totals are: 1,651 GP, 185 G, 763 A, 948 P, and a +/- of 350. All major honors he has acquired are as follows:

  • SJHL Leadership Award – (1979-80, 1980-81)
  • WCHA Rookie of the Year – (1981-82)
  • WCHA Second Team All Star – (1982-83)
  • NCAA All-Tournament Team – (1982-83)
  • NCAA Championship – University of Wisconsin – Madison (1982-83)
  • Olympic Games – Played in the XIV Winter Games for the United States, Captain of USA in XVIII Winter Games, Silver Medal in XIX Winter Games, Captain of Team USA in XX Winter Games
  • Played for the United States in the 1984, ’87, ’91 Canada Cup
  • Played in the All-Star Game – 1984-85, ’89-90, ’90-91, ’91-92, ’92-93, ’93-94, ’95-96, ’96-97, ’97-98, ’99-00, ’01-02
  • All-Rookie Team in 1984-85
  • Stanley Cup Champion – Montreal Canadiens ’85-86, Detroit Red Wings ’01-02, ’07-08
  • First All-Star Team – 1988-89, ’92-93, ’94-95, ’95-96, ’01-02
  • Played in Rendez-vous – 1987
  • James Norris Memorial Trophy (Defensemen of the Year) – 1988-89, ’92-93, ’95-96
  • Second All-Star Team – 1990-91, ’96-97
  • World Cup of Hockey – All-Star Team – 1996
  • World Cup of Hockey – Championship – 1996 (USA)
  • Olympic All-Star Team – XIX Winter Games
  • Bud Light Plus/Minus Award – 2001-02
  • Mark Messier Leadership Award – 2006-07
  • United States Hockey Hall of Fame induction in 2011


Next Article will Feature Brendan Shanahan and Scott Niedermayer. The Third Installment will feature Fred Shero and Geraldine Heaney.

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