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PLAYER PROFILE:
24 Chris Chelios
Detroit Red Wings
Drafted in the 1981 NHL Draft, 2nd Round, 40th Overall.
Chris Chelios Position: Defense
Height: 6'-1"
Weight: 190lbs.
Birthdate: January 25, 1962
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Shoots: Right
Last Amateur Club: U. of Wisconsin, NCAA

SEASON RECORDS

REGULAR SEASON
Year Team

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

+/-

PP

SH

GW

GT

S

Pct
1983-84 Montreal Canadiens NHL 12 0 2 2 12 -5 0 0 0 0 23 0
1984-85 Montreal Canadiens NHL 74 9 55 64 87 11 2 1 0 0 199 4.5
1985-86 Montreal Canadiens NHL 41 8 26 34 67 4 2 0 0 0 101 7.9
1986-87 Montreal Canadiens NHL 71 11 33 44 124 -5 6 0 2 0 141 7.8
1987-88 Montreal Canadiens NHL 71 20 41 61 172 14 10 1 5 3 199 10.1
1988-89 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 15 58 73 185 35 8 0 6 0 206 7.3
1989-90 Montreal Canadiens NHL 53 9 22 31 136 20 1 2 1 0 123 7.3
1990-91 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 77 12 52 64 192 23 5 2 2 0 187 6.4
1991-92 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 80 9 47 56 245 24 2 2 2 1 239 3.8
1992-93 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 84 15 58 73 282 14 8 0 2 0 290 5.2
1993-94 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 76 16 44 60 212 12 7 1 2 0 219 7.3
1994-95 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 48 5 33 38 72 17 3 1 0 0 166 3
1995-96 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 81 14 58 72 140 25 7 0 3 0 219 6.4
1996-97 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 72 10 38 48 112 16 2 0 2 0 194 5.2
1997-98 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 81 3 39 42 151 -7 1 0 0 0 205 1.5
1998-99 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 65 8 26 34 89 -4 2 1 0 1 172 4.7
1998-99 Detroit Red Wings NHL 10 1 1 2 4 5 1 0 1 0 15 6.7
1999-00 Detroit Red Wings NHL 81 3 31 34 103 48 0 0 0 0 135 2.2
2000-01 Detroit Red Wings NHL 24 0 3 3 45 4 0 0 0 0 26 0
2001-02 Detroit Red Wings NHL 79 6 33 39 126 40 1 0 1 0 128 4.7
2002-03 Detroit Red Wings NHL 66 2 17 19 78 4 0 1 1 0 92 2.2
2003-04 Detroit Red Wings NHL 69 2 19 21 61 12 0 0 0 0 113 1.8
TWENTY ONE (21) NHL SEASONS 1395 178 736 914 2695 307 68 12 30 5 3392 5.2

POST-SEASON
Year Team

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

+/-

PP

SH

GW

GT

S

Pct
1983-84 Montreal Canadiens NHL 15 1 9 10 17 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
1984-85 Montreal Canadiens NHL 9 2 8 10 17 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
1985-86 Montreal Canadiens NHL 20 2 9 11 49 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
1986-87 Montreal Canadiens NHL 17 4 9 13 38 -1 2 1 0 0 0 0
1987-88 Montreal Canadiens NHL 11 3 1 4 29 3 1 0 0 0 39 7.7
1988-89 Montreal Canadiens NHL 21 4 15 19 28 2 1 0 1 0 53 7.5
1989-90 Montreal Canadiens NHL 5 0 1 1 8 -4 0 0 0 0 6 0
1990-91 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 6 1 7 8 46 2 1 0 0 0 11 9.1
1991-92 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 18 6 15 21 37 19 3 0 1 0 54 11.1
1992-93 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 4 0 2 2 14 -1 0 0 0 0 18 0
1993-94 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 6 1 1 2 8 0 1 0 0 0 29 3.4
1994-95 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 16 4 7 11 12 6 0 1 3 0 49 8.2
1995-96 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 9 0 3 3 8 2 0 0 0 0 28 0
1996-97 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 6 0 1 1 8 -1 0 0 0 0 18 0
1998-99 Detroit Red Wings NHL 10 0 4 4 14 -6 0 0 0 0 21 0
1999-00 Detroit Red Wings NHL 9 0 1 1 8 -3 0 0 0 0 11 0
2000-01 Detroit Red Wings NHL 5 1 0 1 2 -1 0 0 0 0 9 11.1
2001-02 Detroit Red Wings NHL 23 1 13 14 44 15 1 0 0 0 28 3.6
2002-03 Detroit Red Wings NHL 4 0 0 0 2 -3 0 0 0 0 4 0
2003-04 Detroit Red Wings NHL 8 0 1 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 14 0
TWENTY (20) NHL POST-SEASONS 222 30 107 137 393 37 13 2 6 2 392 7.7

AWARDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Milestones Achieved:

  • 700th Assist:
  • 600th Assist:
  • 500th Assist:
  • 1300th Game:
  • 1200th Game:
  • 1100th Game:
  • 1000th Game:
  • 500th Game:
  • 100th Goal:
  • 900th Point:
  • 800th Point:
  • 700th Point:
  • 600th Point:
  • 500th Point:

Facts:

  • Stanley Cup Championships: 1986, 2002.
  • NHL All-Star Games: 1985, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000.

Notables:

  • Chris and his wife have two boys and two girls and reside in suburban Detroit during the NHL season.
  • Spends off-season with family in suburbs of Los Angeles, CA.
  • The Chelios' enjoys attending their kids sporting events throughout the hockey season.
  • Took the Stanley Cup to the neighborhood he grew up in his native Chicago during the summer of 2002.
  • Also brought the cup to his summer home in Malibu, California to share with family and friends.
  • Holds annual charity golf tournament in the Chicago area every summer.
  • Owns 'Cheli's Chili Bar' in Dearborn, MI.

Awards:

  • 1982-83 Season:
    • WCHA Second All-Star Team.
    • NCAA All-Tournament Team.
  • 1984-85 Season:
    • NHL All-Rookie Team.
  • 1988-89 Season:
    • NHL First All-Star Team.
    • James Norris Memorial Trophy.
  • 1990-91 Season:
    • NHL Second All-Star Team.
  • 1992-93 Season:
    • NHL First All-Star Team.
    • James Norris Memorial Trophy.
  • 1994-95 Season:
    • NHL First All-Star Team.
  • 1995-96 Season:
    • NHL First All-Star Team.
    • James Norris Memorial Trophy.
  • 1996-97 Season:
    • NHL Second All-Star Team.

TRANSACTIONS

June, 1981:

  • Drafted by Montreal in the second round (40th overall) of 1981 Entry Draft.

June 29, 1990:

  • Traded to Chicago by Montreal with Montreal's 2nd round choice (Michael Pomichter) in 1991 Entry Draft for Denis Savard.

March 23, 1999:

  • Traded to Detroit by Chicago for Anders Eriksson and a 1st round pick in 1999 and 2001.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

1983-84 Season:

  • Began season with Team USA on pre-Olympic tour.
  • NHL debut (3/8/84)vs. Hartford following Olympic Games.
  • Team USA 1982 World Junior Championships, 1984, 1987 and 1991 Canada Cup tournaments, 1996 World Cup of Hockey, 1984, 1998 and 2002 Olympics.
  • Played two seasons at University of Wisconsin.
  • NCAA All-Tournament Team 1983.

1984-85 Season:

  • First full NHL season, was selected to NHL All-Rookie Team.

1985-86 Season:

  • Member of Montreal's Stanley Cup Championship team, scoring 2-9-11 in 20 playoff games.

1986-87 Season:

  • Scored a then career high goals (11).
  • Career high penalty minutes (124).

1987-88 Season:

  • Scored a career-high 20 goals in 71 games.

1988-89 Season:

  • Established a career-high 58 assists in 80 games.
  • Scored 19 points (4-15-19) in 21 playoff games in leading Montreal to Stanley Cup Finals.

1989-90 Season:

  • Became the first American-born player to captain the Montréal Canadiens.
  • Played seven seasons (402 games, 72-237-309) before being traded to Chicago (6/29/90) for Denis Savard and second round pick in 1991.

1990-91 Season:

  • Scored 64 points in 77 games in first season with Chicago.

1991-92 Season:

  • Led Chicago to Stanley Cup Finals with 21 points in 18 games, setting new club record for points in playoffs by a defenseman.
  • Also set club defenseman record with six playoff goals.

1992-93 Season:

  • Had 58 assists to set Blackhawks defenseman record.
  • Career-high 286 penalty minutes.

1993-94 Season:

  • 400th career assist vs. Winnipeg (10/14/93).

1994-95 Season:

  • Tied a Blackhawk playoff record for most overtime goals in season (2) with OT winners in Games 3 and 4 of Western Conference Finals.

1995-96 Season:

  • Named team captain.
  • Led team in scoring with 72 points, becoming first defenseman in team history to do so.
  • 15-game point streak (4-16-20), 10/26 - 11/28/95).
  • Tied his own team defenseman record with 58 assists.

1996-97 Season:

  • Led Blackhawk defensemen in scoring for seventh consecutive season (42).

1997-98 Season:

  • Played 1,000th game vs. New Jersey (3/16/98).
  • Captain U.S. Men's Olympic Team.
  • Finished fifth in scoring for Chicago.

1998-99 Season:

  • Red Wing debut 3/24/99 vs. Buffalo.
  • First goal and point as Red Wing was power play game-winner vs. Tampa Bay 3/26/99.
  • Three time Norris Trophy Winner (89, 93 and 96).
  • 1989 Norris made him first right-handed shot to win in first 40 years of the Norris.
  • Named Western Conference Captain in 1997 All-Star Game.
  • Chicago's all-time leader in penalty minutes (1,495).

1999-00 Season:

  • First full season with Detroit.
  • Career high plus/minus rating (+48) and second best in NHL.
  • 800th career point (assist) 10/7/99 at Atlanta.
  • 1,100th career game 11/28/99 vs. Phoenix.
  • 10th career All-Star game appearance 2/6/2000 in Toronto.

2000-01 Season:

  • Appeared in 24 games due to knee injuries.
  • Missed only five games after first knee surgery 10/20/2000.
  • Missed 44 games after second knee surgery 11/20/2000.
  • Did not play final nine regular season games due to broken thumb.
  • Played five of Detroit's six first round playoff games vs. Los Angeles, scoring a goal 4/21/01 in game five of that series.
  • 7/31/01 named Captain of 2002 U.S. Men's Olympic Hockey Team in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Earned Silver Medal.

2001-02 Season:

  • Norris Trophy runner up to teammate Nicklas Lidstrom.
  • Played 79 games finishing season with leagues best +40.
  • Posted 33 assists, highest assist total since 39 his final year in Chicago (1997-98).
  • Career high assist mark of 58 set three times (1988-89, Montreal: 1992-93 & 1995-96, Chicago).
  • Posted 3 assists 11/20/01 vs. Nashville for season best point total.
  • Scored power play goal in overtime 3/13/02 vs. Edmonton.
  • Played all 23 playoff games posting a playoff best +15.
  • His 13 playoff assists led all defensemen and was fourth overall among all players in post-season play.
  • Led all players in post-season shorthand assists (3) as well as shorthand points (3).
  • Finished 2nd overall in playoff points by defensemen (14) behind teammate Nicklas Lidstrom (16).
  • Was 12th overall in playoff scoring.

2002-03 Season:

  • Finished season with 893 career points.
  • Recorded game-winning goal shorthanded 10/21/02 at Calgary (J. McLennan).
  • Average ice time 24:14.
  • 1,300th career game 1/15/03 at Chicago.
  • Missed 15 games with leg/knee injury.
  • Missed game with finger injury (16 total).
  • Played all four 2003 first round playoff games vs. Anaheim, was scoreless, finished series minus-three.

2003-04 Season:

  • (21st in NHL) Appeared in 69 games, missing 13 due to knee injury (10), and shoulder injury (3).
  • Finished with a positive plus/minus (+12) for the sixth consecutive season with Detroit.
  • 900th career point (assist) 11/29/03.
  • Enters this season five games shy of 1,400 career.
  • Played eight of Detroit's 12 post-season games, leaving game two of second round vs. Calgary with shoulder injury, finished playoffs with one assist, four penalty minutes and was plus-one.
  • Selected by Team USA to play for 2004 World Cup of Hockey and named captain.
 

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