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Throwback Thursday: Chris Chelios

By Josh Brink
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Chris Chelios signs wit Chicago Blackhawks (Photo courtesy of suntimes.com)

The following season Chelios notched comparable numbers to his previous season with the Blackhawks scoring 9 goals, 47 assists, and racked up 245 PIM. In the 1991-92 season the Chicago Blackhawks had something to prove after suffering a round 1 exit in the playoffs the year before.  Everything looked as if they would end up winning the Stanley Cup after setting a NHL record at the time with 11 consecutive wins in the playoffs. However the defending Stanley Cup Champions and the Mario Lemieux lead Pittsburgh Penguins swept the Chicago Blackhawks in 4 games that were closely contested.

Again in the 1992-93 season Chris Chelios showed the Blackhawks what he was worth with his best Blackhawks numbers scoring 15 goals, 58 assists, and 282 PIM. This was all while playing stellar defense which earned him his second James Norris Memorial Trophy of his career. Yet again they were poised to go deep into the playoffs but were blanked in the first round by the St. Louis Blues. Chelios the consistent player he developed into, scored a total of 14 goals, 58 assists, and 140 PIM while claiming his third James Norris Memorial Trophy of his career in the 1995-96 season but sadly the Blackhawks just could never get over that playoff hump to win the Stanley Cup with such a great squad they had in front of them.

A sad day it was on March 23, 1999 when Chris Chelios was traded to Detroit by Chicago for Anders Eriksson and Detroit’s 1st round choices in 1999 (Steve McCarthy) and 2001 (Adam Munro) Entry Drafts. However Roenick, Belfour, and Chelios were all traded away  during a time span due to the unsuccessful Blackhawks during the late 1990’s so the franchise had to go a new direction and rebuild the organization into what it is today again.

Noteable accomplishments:

  • 11x NHL All-Star (1985, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002)
  • 3x James Norris Memorial Trophy (1989, 1993, 1996)
  • 3x Stanley Cup Champion (1986 – Canadiens, 2002 – Red Wings, 2008 – Red Wings)
  • NHL record most games played in the NHL by a defenseman, fifth overall with 1,651
  • Tied with Gordie Howe for most NHL season played with 26

Any Chris Chelios fans out there on Throwback Thursday? Let me know what your thoughts are or any specific memories you may have in the comments below! I know that mine was meeting him in person and getting his autograph as a child!

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