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CHELI'S CHILLIN' IN GRAND RAPIDS


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios was assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins for conditioning on Thursday and will play in the team's home games against Toronto on Friday at 7 p.m. and Hamilton on Saturday at 8 p.m.

Chelios, 46, fractured his right tibia blocking a shot in a Detroit preseason game on Sept. 30 and returned to practice with the Red Wings on Tuesday. The second-oldest player in NHL history behind only Gordie Howe, Chelios is preparing to play in his 25th NHL season, which would tie him with Mark Messier for second all time behind Howe’s 26 campaigns.

A three-time Stanley Cup champion, three-time Norris Trophy winner, four-time United States Olympian and 11-time NHL All-Star, Chelios will become the fifth Red Wings star to suit up for the Griffins on a conditioning stint, joining Curtis Joseph (2003-04), Manny Legace (2005-06), Chris Osgood (2005-06) and Darren McCarty (2007-08).

According to the Society for International Hockey Research, the future Hall of Famer will also become the oldest player in the 73-year history of the American Hockey League, supplanting former Hershey Bears trainer William “Scotty” Alexander, who was thrown between the pipes in an emergency during the 1953-54 season at the tender age of 45.

Chelios’ 1,616 regular season games played rank first among active NHL players, first all time among American-born players and sixth in NHL history, while his 1,876 combined playoff and regular season contests stand fourth all time. The NHL’s active leader in penalty minutes, he ranks 12th all time with 2,873 PIM and eighth all time among defensemen with 763 assists.

While helping the Red Wings capture the 2008 Stanley Cup championship, he appeared in the playoffs for an NHL-record 23rd time – having missed the postseason only once (1997–98) in his entire career – and became the league’s all-time leader with 260 playoff games played. Chelios, who captained both Montreal (1989) and Chicago (1992) to the Stanley Cup Finals, is the only player in NHL history to play 400 games for three different teams (Montreal 402, Chicago 664, Detroit 550).

22 Chris Chelios  *  Defenseman

Height
: 6'0"     Weight: 191     Shoots: Right     Born: 1/25/62 in Chicago, Ill.
Drafted: Montreal's 5th choice, 40th overall, in 1981 NHL Entry Draft

 

      Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM GP G A PTS PIM
1979-80 Moose Jaw SJHL 53 12 31 43 118 -- -- -- -- --
1980-81 Moose Jaw SJHL 54 23 64 87 175 -- -- -- -- --
1981-82 U. of Wisconsin WCHA 43 6 43 49 50 -- -- -- -- --
1982-83 U. of Wisconsin WCHA 26 9 17 26 50 -- -- -- -- --
1983-84 United States Nat-Tm 60 14 35 49 58 -- -- -- -- --
  United States Olympics 6 0 4 4 8 -- -- -- -- --
  Montreal NHL 12 0 2 2 12 15 1 9 10 17
1984-85 Montreal NHL 74 9 55 64 87 9 2 8 10 17
# 1985-86 Montreal NHL 41 8 26 34 67 20 2 9 11 49
1986-87 Montreal NHL 71 11 33 44 124 17 4 9 13 38
1987-88 Montreal NHL 71 20 41 61 172 11 3 1 4 29
1988-89 Montreal NHL 80 15 58 73 185 21 4 15 19 28
1989-90 Montreal NHL 53 9 22 31 136 5 0 1 1 8
1990-91 Chicago NHL 77 12 52 64 192 6 1 7 8 46
1991-92 Chicago NHL 80 9 47 56 245 18 6 15 21 37
1992-93 Chicago NHL 84 15 58 73 282 4 0 2 2 14
1993-94 Chicago NHL 76 16 44 60 212 6 1 1 2 8
1994-95 ECH Biel-Bienne Swiss 3 0 3 3 4 -- -- -- -- --
  Chicago NHL 48 5 33 38 72 16 4 7 11 12
1995-96 Chicago NHL 81 14 58 72 140 9 0 3 3 8
1996-97 Chicago NHL 72 10 38 48 112 6 0 1 1 8
1997-98 Chicago NHL 81 3 39 42 151 -- -- -- -- --
  United States Olympics 4 2 0 2 2 -- -- -- -- --
1998-99 Chicago NHL 65 8 26 34 89 -- -- -- -- --
  Detroit NHL 10 1 1 2 4 10 0 4 4 14
1999-00 Detroit NHL 81 3 31 34 103 9 0 1 1 8
2000-01 Detroit NHL 24 0 3 3 45 5 1 0 1 2
#2001-02 Detroit NHL 79 6 33 39 126 23 1 13 14 44
  United States Olympics 6 1 0 1 4 -- -- -- -- --
2002-03 Detroit NHL 66 2 17 19 78 4 0 0 0 2
2003-04 Detroit NHL 69 2 19 21 61 8 0 1 1 4
2004-05 Motor City UHL 23 5 19 24 25 -- -- -- -- --
2005-06 Detroit NHL 81 4 7 11 108 6 0 0 0 6
  United States Olympics 6 0 1 1 2 -- -- -- -- --
2006-07 Detroit NHL 71 0 11 11 34 18 1 6 7 12
#2007-08 Detroit NHL 69 3 9 12 36 14 0 0 0 10
  NHL TOTALS   1616 185 763 948 2873 260 31 113 144 421
  PRO TOTALS   1642 190 785 975 2905 260 31 113 144 421

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