Former Blackhawk Star Chelios Retires

This day had been coming for a long time, but Chicago native and ex-Hawk Chris Chelios formally announced his retirement today after 26 NHL seasons.

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Chelios played for three Stanley Cup winners — the 1986 Canadiens, the 2002 Red Wings and the 2008 Red Wings. He never tasted from the Cup in Chicago, but was a member of the 1992 Blackhawks team that made the Stanley Cup finals, the only Hawks team to do so between 1973 and 2010.

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You’ll be able to root against him, Hawks fans, in his new job:

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Chelios will return to the Red Wings as Advisor to Hockey Operations. He will work closely with Detroit’s front office and coaching staffs, providing insight on a wide range of on-ice issues while helping to develop and mentor young players within the organization. He will also assist on the business operations side of the team, appearing at games and other functions to interact with fans and potential business partners.

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Chelios will continue to reside in the Detroit area with his wife, Tracee, and their two daughters, Caley and Tara. His two sons, Dean and Jake, are currently enrolled at Michigan State University and will play hockey for the Spartans this fall.

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