Chris Chelios wonders how many times he’d have been called on the carpet by his Wings’ pal Brendan Shanahan when he was the rambunctious rearguard of the 1980s and if the latter held his present job as NHL disciplinarian.
“That’s a hard job to do,” Chelios said Friday as both men received their induction rings at the Hockey Hall of Fame. “I don’t think I’ve ever liked anybody who did it, going back to Brian Burke and the guy before him with the glasses (Brian O’Neill).”
Of course Shanahan wasn’t a saint, either.
“If there’s a dark side in that NHL office, he’s on the darkest side,” Chelios laughed. “But that’s business now. We were great teammates and we’re friends.”
Shanahan was asked about those moments he reviews a play that might stir a memory of a similar hit from his era which was admired, but that he must now censor.