Blackhawks Announce Chris Chelios as Ambassador

  

This morning the Blackhawks announced that they are welcoming back Chris Chelios as an ambassador. Chelios joins Tony Esposito, Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita and Denis Savard in representing the organization at events at the United Center and throughout the Chicagoland area, and will be officially introduced at the Blackhawks Convention this weekend at the Hilton Chicago.

Before beginning his 26-year NHL career in 1983-84, Chelios attended Mount Carmel High School in Chicago and later played at the University of Wisconsin. Chelios played nine seasons (1990-99) with the Blackhawks and served as the team captain from 1995-99. He was awarded the Norris Trophy for best NHL defenseman in 1993 and 1996, and was named to seven NHL All-Star Games as a member of the Blackhawks organization.

He represented Team USA in four Olympics (1984, 1998, 2002 and 2006), and was as an assistant coach at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Chelios most recently was a member of the Detroit Red Wings front office for the previous eight seasons, but announced he was leaving last week to be closer to his family in Chicago.

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    Jeff Osborn
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    This morning the Blackhawks announced that they are welcoming back Chris Chelios as an ambassador. Chelios joins Tony Esposito, Bobby Hull, Stan Mikit
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    Mewirtz
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    Chelios’ first game after coming over from Montreal I remember thinking “So THAT’S what a shot on net from the Blue line looks like!” Haven’t had the same thought too often since he left. I was willing to hate on Cheli after he asked to be traded to the Wings but in retrospect, would YOU want to play for Lorne Molleken on a team owned by Bill Wirtz?

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    6628
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    He couldn’t take losing. And with the money they threw at him anyone would have taken it. I heard the first time he stepped on the ice with a wing sweater on for practice the whole place erupted with laughter.

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    Under Qs moustache
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    Maybe he can work with the multitudes of young small defensemen the Hawks have accumulated and make at least one of them an NHL’r. I think the Hawks would be wasting his HOF talent by not using him in some sort of teaching/coaching capacity. Heck, bring him to Rockford and let him work with the kids directly, you’d be hard pressed to find someone that hustled and hated to lose as much as Cheli did. Not the most graceful skater, and certainly a pain to play against, but you had to love his heart for the game.

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