Chelios hanging 'em up

Thrashers defenceman Chris Chelios warms up prior to a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in...

Thrashers defenceman Chris Chelios warms up prior to a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Columbus, Ohio on March 11, 2010. (MATT SULLIVAN/Reuters)

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DETROIT - Veteran defenseman Chris Chelios has apparently decided to hang up his skates and join the Detroit Red Wings front office.

According to a report on Fox Sports Detroit, the 48-year-old revealed his plans after singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during a Chicago Cubs home game.

The station also quotes Red Wings general manager Ken Holland as confirming the move, but without a specific role.

Chelios played in a record-tying 26th NHL season last year, a brief seven-game stint with the Atlanta Thrashers where he failed to record a point. He tied Gordie Howe’s original mark, first set when he played from 1945-71 and 1979-80.

Since breaking into the league with Montreal after the 1984 Winter Olympics, the Chicago native compiled 185 goals and 948 points over 1,651 regular-season games with the Canadiens, Blackhawks, Red Wings and Thrashers.

In addition, the often-punishing blueliner recorded 31 goals and 144 points in 266 playoff contests. He was part of three Stanley Cup-winning clubs, the 1986 Canadiens and the Red Wings in 2002 and 2008.

Chelios played for the Wings from the tail end of the 1998-99 campaign through 2009.


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