Chelios ends stellar career

Chris Chelios. (REUTERS file)

Chris Chelios. (REUTERS file)

, Last Updated: 12:44 PM ET

DETROIT -- Veteran defenseman Chris Chelios has officially called it a career and will move into a front office role with the Detroit Red Wings.

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.

After breaking into the league with Montreal following 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 backliner 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.

"I've been fortunate enough to be a part of this game at the highest level for a long time," said Chelios in a release from the Red Wings. "I've met a lot of great people and developed some special relationships along the way. The three championship teams I've been lucky enough to be a part of have truly been the highlights of my career. I'm excited for this next challenge to begin and I'm also thankful the Wings have extended this opportunity for me to continue to be close to the game."

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

In his new role with Detroit, Chelios will serve as an advisor to hockey operations.


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