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Chris Chelios

Controversial Shots

In 1990, Chelios was traded to the Chicago Black-hawks. There, he expanded upon his reputation for rough defense, which had been cemented by an incident in a 1989 playoff game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Chelios elbowed Flyers player Brian Propp, driving his face into a metal bar holding up the glass around the rink. He was knocked unconscious, and a riot by Flyers fans nearly followed. However, Chelios was unapologetic. "I'm sorry he got hurt, but if he hit his head on the metal, that's just bad luck. I know I'm chippy, but that's when I'm most effective," he told Greenberg.

Chelios also gained notoriety for a thoughtless comment he made during the 1994 lockout, when NHL management refused to let the players play when the two sides could not agree on contract terms. Chelios, worried about his career and about the future of the sport, said to a reporter, "If I was [NHL commissioner] Gary Bettman, I'd be worried about my family, about my well-being right now. Some crazed fan or even a player, who knows, might take it into his own hands and figure that if they get him out of the way this might get settled." Chelios immediately regretted the comment, but it was too late.

In recent years, Chelios has attempted to tone down his aggression on and off the ice. "I want to be a role model for my kids," he told Sporting News reporter Larry Wigge in 1996. "I certainly don't want my … kids to come up to me or my wife, Tracee, and ask why daddy's such a mean guy." Still, Chelios maintains a tough streak. "He comes to win and he'll pay the price to win, whatever it is," Lou Lamoriello, who coached Chelios in the 1996 World Cup and the 1998 Olympics, told Sporting News reporter Helene Elliot. "That's something you don't teach. It has to be within a player."

Career Statistics

Yr Team GP G A PTS +/− PIM SOG SPCT PPG SHG
CB: Chicago Blackhawks; DRW: Detroit Red Wings; MC: Montreal Canadiens.
1982-84 MC 12 0 2 2 -5 12 23 0.0 0 0
1984-85 MC 74 9 55 64 11 87 199 4.5 2 1
1985-86 MC 41 8 26 34 4 67 101 7.9 2 0
1986-87 MC 71 11 33 44 -5 124 141 7.8 6 0
1987-88 MC 71 20 41 61 14 172 199 10.1 10 1
1988-89 MC 80 15 58 73 35 185 206 7.3 8 0
1989-90 MC 53 9 22 31 20 136 123 7.3 1 2
1990-91 CB 77 12 52 64 23 192 187 6.4 5 2
1991-92 CB 80 9 47 56 24 245 239 3.8 2 2
1992-93 CB 84 15 58 73 14 282 290 5.2 8 0
1993-94 CB 76 16 44 60 12 212 219 7.3 7 1
1994-95 CB 48 5 33 38 17 72 166 3.0 3 1
1995-96 CB 81 14 58 72 25 140 219 6.4 7 0
1996-97 CB 72 10 38 48 16 112 194 5.2 2 0
1997-98 CB 81 3 39 42 -7 151 205 1.5 1 0
1998-99 CB-DRW 75 9 27 36 1 93 187 4.8 3 1
1999-00 DRW 81 3 31 34 48 103 135 2.2 0 0
2000-01 DRW 24 0 3 3 4 45 26 0.0 0 0
2001-02 DRW 79 6 33 39 40 126 128 4.7 1 0
TOTAL 1260 174 700 874 291 2556 3187 5.5 68 11

Awards and Accomplishments

1986, 2002 Stanley Cup
1989, 1993, 1996 Named a first-team all-star
1989, 1993, 1996 Wins Norris Trophy for best defenseman
1989 Prince of Wales Trophy championship
1990 Presidents' Trophy championship
1992 Campbell Bowl championship
1996 Named Man of the Year by Ronald McDonald's Children's Charities for his work with physically challenged children

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