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Chris Chelios #24
Chris Chelios was drafted 40th overall in the 1981 Entry Draft by the Montréal Canadiens. He made his NHL debut after the 1984 Olympics with two points in 12 games down the stretch. In the 1984 playoffs, he contributed 10 points in 15 games as the Canadiens pushed their way to the Wales Conference finals. In 1984-85, Chris was an All-Rookie Team defenceman and the runner-up to the Calder Trophy. He scored 64 points, played in his first mid-season All-Star Game and helped the Canadiens win the Adams Division season title. His 55 assists were the second most ever by a rookie defenceman. In 1985-86, Chris played just 41 games, but still managed to score 34 points as the Canadiens slipped to second in their division. In the playoffs, however, Chris scored 19 points as the Canadiens won their 22nd Stanley Cup victory.
After 44 points and a second place Adams Division finish in the 1986-87 regular season, Chris and the Canadiens advanced to the Wales Conference finals in the playoffs. In 1987-88, Chris scored a career high 20 goals and helped the Canadiens win an Adams Division season title with 103 points in the standings. In 1988-89, Chris registered a career high 58 assists (team high) and 73 points as the team won another Adams Division season title with 53 wins and 115 points. At season's end, Chris was a First Team All-Star and Norris Trophy winner. In the playoffs, Chris and the Canadiens won the Prince of Wales Trophy before losing to the Flames in the Stanley Cup finals. In 1989-90, Chris and the Canadiens fell to third in the Adams Division despite winning 41 games. Chris played just 53 games that season but scored 31 points and played in his second All-Star Game.
On June 29, 1990, Chris was traded with a second round draft pick to the Chicago Blackhawks for Denis Savard. In Chris' first season with the Blackhawks, he played in his third All-Star Game, was a Second Team All-Star and led the Blackhawks to a Presidents' Trophy championship. He was also the second runner-up to the Norris Trophy. In 1991-92, Chris played in another All-Star Game and led the Blackhawks with a +24 rating. In the playoffs, Chris scored a personal best 21 points as the Blackhawks won the Campbell Bowl championship before losing to the Penguins in the finals.
In 1992-93, Chris matched his personal bests of 58 assists (team best) and 73 points and was a mid-season All-Star for the fourth straight year. He also led the team with 290 shots on goal, was a First Team All-Star and won his second Norris Trophy. The Blackhawks, meanwhile, won their second Norris Division season title in three years with 106 points. At season's end, The Hockey News ranked Chris as the fourth best player in the NHL. In 1993-94, Chris scored 60 points and played in the All-Star Game.
In the shortened 1994-95 season, Chris was a First Team All-Star and led the Blackhawks with 33 assists, a +17 rating and 166 shots on goal. He also won NHL Player of the Week honours in February and was the runner-up to the Norris Trophy at year's end. In the playoffs, the Blackhawks advanced to the Campbell Conference finals. In 1995-96, Chris was a First Team All-Star and won his third Norris Trophy. He led the Blackhawks with 58 assists and 72 points and played in the All-Star Game. After scoring 48 points in 1996-97 (he was a Second Team All-Star), he then scored 42 points in 1997-98. In the two years, he played in his eighth and ninth All-Star Games.
In 1998-99, Chris was traded on March 23 to the Detroit Red Wings for Anders Eriksson and a first round draft pick. After 664 games with the Blackhawks, he was the team's all-time leader with 1,495 penalty minutes. In 75 games split between the two teams, he registered 83 hits and 116 blocked shots. In 1999-2000, Chris led the Red Wings with a +48 rating as the club posted a 48-win, 108-point season. In 81 games, Chris scored 120 hits and 86 blocked shots. In 2000-01, Chris was limited to just 24 games as the Red Wings won the Central Division title.
Chris played his high school hockey at Mt. Carmel High. In 1979-80, he joined the major junior ranks with the Moose Jaw Warriors and scored 43 points in 53 games. In 1980-81, Chris scored 23 goals and 87 points for the Warriors. In 1981-82, Chris enrolled at the University of Wisconsin and scored 43 assists and 49 points in 43 games. In 1982-83, he played 26 games and scored 26 points.
In 1994-95 before the start of the NHL season, Chris played three games with EC Biel of the Swiss National-A.
Chris spent the 1983-84 season with the United States national team and scored 49 points in pre-Olympic play. At the 1984 Olympics, Chris scored four points in six games. In 1991, Chris won a silver medal at the Canada Cup. Five years later in August 1996, Chris won a gold medal at the World Cup of Hockey. In February 1998, Chris represented his country at the Winter Olympics in Nagano.
In 2000-01, Chris was one of six defencemen named to the Blackhawks' 75th Anniversary All-Time Team.
In his spare time, Chris raises money for underprivileged kids through the "Cheli's Children" program.