#4: Chris Chelios
Chris Chelios was drafted in the second round (40th Overall) by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft. After already winning a Stanley Cup and a Norris Trophy with Montreal, the Blackhawks acquired the defenseman from the Canadiens in the summer of 1990. In that deal, Chicago received Chelios and a 2nd round draft selection in exchange for center Denis Savard. While Savard was no slouch during his tenure with the Hawks, Chelios went on to become one of the best defensemen in the history of the NHL.
During his time in Chicago, he went on to win 2 more Norris Trophies, as well as appearing in 6 NHL All-Star contests. While he is most known for his elite defensive play and his ability to put up points, many people don’t realize just how physical the Chicago native was throughout his career.
He amassed 1,495 penalty minutes when he was with the Blackhawks, which ranks as the most in franchise history. Just imagine how many more he would have had in Chicago if the Blackhawks had not dealt him to the Red Wings in March of 1999.
Chelios finished his career with the 12th most penalty minutes of all-time in the NHL, having had a very successful and long playing career. Chelios was able to win 2 more Stanley Cup titles and a Mark Messier Leadership Award before retiring after the 2009-2010 season which he spent with the Atlanta Thrashers.