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Chris Chelios officially retires from hockey, will join Detroit Red Wings front office

Aug 6, 2010, 8:05 PM EDT

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chelioswavesgoodbye.jpgPeople who love making generic old jokes might be as sad as Stars fans will be watching Modano play as a Red Wing right now. While I must admit that I already thought this happened months ago, it appears that the 48-year-old Chris Chelios officially retired from hockey today according to ESPN’s EJ Hradek.

Chelios won’t waste time looking for a new job, though, as Hradek reports that he’ll stay close to the game anyway.

Chelios now will re-join the Wings organization in a yet to be determined management role. Another smart hire in Hockeytown!

The old jokes can be fun, but it’s a shame that playing beyond his prime might be the enduring legacy of his career. (I mean, he was drafted in 1981, before I was even a twinkle in my father’s eyes.) He took part in 26 seasons in the NHL, but hasn’t really make a big impact since the 2001-02 season, the last time he made an All Star team.

It’s a player’s right to hang up his skates whenever he wants, so congrats to Chelios on a great career.

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