Blackhawks Legend & Hall Of Famer To Have Jersey Retired Against Red Wings

The Chicago Blackhawks let Chris Chelios know in a very interesting way that they are hanging his jersey in the rafters. While at a Pearl Jam concert, Chelios was on stage and was given the news. He spent nine seasons with the Blackhawks in the prime of his career. It only makes perfect sense that the opponent of the Blackhawks on February 25 is the Detroit Red Wings.
Chelios is a Hall of Fame defenseman who played 26 seasons in the NHL for four different teams. 7 with the Montreal Canadiens to start his career, nine with the Blackhawks after that in his prime, and then 10 with the Red Wings. He closed out a great career in 2009-10 with seven games for the Atlanta Thrashers. He's a three-time Stanley Cup winner, three time Norris Trophy winner, seven-time All-Star, Mark Messier Leadership Award winner, and one of NHL's 100 greatest players.

The reason why the Blackhawks are handing his jersey in the rafters is because of the two Norris Trophy wins, five All-Star appearances, and 487 points in 664 games. He didn't manage to win any Cups with the Blackhawks though. One came with the Canadiens and two with the Red Wings.

It will be a memorable night to say the least with two great franchises getting to be a part of this jersey retirement. Chelios did a ton for both teams and had an amazing career.

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