Hockey Legend Chris Chelios To Get Number Retired
Congratulations to my friend and former teammate, Chris Chelios, on getting his number retired in Chicago this upcoming season. The Blackhawks will retire his # 7 before a game against the Red Wings on February 25th.
The surprise announcement came during Thursday night’s Pearl Jam concert. Cheli was brought on stage by his good friend Eddie Vedder, who went onto say “The band and I are deeply honored to tell you, in front of all these fine people, that before (Blackhawks owner) Mr. Wirtz passed, it was one of his last wishes that you would be honored.” At that moment Eddie pointed towards a screen that played Chelios highlights from his time in the Windy City.
Chelios, 61, had a storied career, playing 26 seasons. Nine with the Blackhawks, ten with the Wings, after beginning his career in Montreal. He retired in 2010, was selected to be in the Hockey Hall Of Fame in 2013. He won three Stanley Cups, and three Norris trophies as the leagues top defenseman.
I saw Cheli after the Kid Rock show at the LCA last month. He was there with his kids. He’s still in great shape.
Oh, about being my former teammate, I played one game – ok, started one game – in the United Hockey League for the Motor City Mechanics on February 5th, 2005. What a night! Karen Newman sang the National Anthem, and Kid Rock was there to cheer us on. Great weekend!
Speaking of former greats, check out this game at the end of the month.
Alumni Hockey With The Detroit Red Wings Vs. The Boston Bruins Is Coming In Late September