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48-year old Chris Chelios returns to the NHL

Mar 10, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

Chelios.jpgWe
hinted yesterday that it might happen,
and it seems that it will.
The Atlanta Thrashers will call up 48-year old defenseman Chris Chelios
from their AHL affiliate. With Cristoph Shubert out for at least three
weeks or so, the Thrashers were short on defense and have a dire need
for veteran leadership. They’ll kill two birds with one stone with
Chelios.

The age jokes are inevitable.  The Thrashers’ youngest
player, Evander Kane, wasn’t even born yet and Chelios had already won a
Stanley Cup and a Norris Trophy. He doesn’t even look like a hockey
player anymore; you expect a man of his… gruffness.. to be a coach or a
front office guy, not some ‘geezer’ out on the ice playing with the
kids. I can only imagine the reaction he’ll get once he plays in a game.

Chelios obviously still has something left in the tank, as he’s
dominated the AHL all season long. His leadership and experience cannot
be measured and he’ll be a vital piece in Atlanta as they fight to try
and make the playoffs.

I said it last night and I’ll say it again:
how ironic is it that Chelios is getting another shot in the NHL
because a player half his age has a hip injury?

Also, I wonder if he still feels the same way about contraction as he did in 2004? Reporters with long memories could have a field day with those questions. (H/T to Raw Charge for that story.)
  1. LaurenB - Mar 10, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    Glad he got a call. Read a (http://bit.ly/3c2D82) story about Chelios late last year… hilarious anecdotes, like this:
    “Brett Sterling, a promising 25-year old teammate who has had a taste of the NHL, said they play cards, listen to music, watch movies, sleep on the bus.
    “Yeah, he plays cards with us sometimes,” Sterling said. “He pretends he doesn’t know how to play.”
    Then, he cleans up.
    A little advice to Chelios’ young, green teammates: Don’t play cards with a guy who has millions of dollars.”
    Miss you Brandon! :D

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