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Could Chelios return to play with sons?

Friday, 11.08.2013 / 5:00 PM

By Staff -  / 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame HHOF blog

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Could Chelios return to play with sons?

Chris Chelios retired from the NHL in 2010, but could he be considering a comeback?

Chelios, 51, told reporters in Toronto that he would consider playing in Europe if his sons play hockey overseas.

His sons Dean, 24, and Jake, 22, play for the hockey team at Michigan State University.

"My guys are seniors in college now, and if for some crazy [reason] they don't make it [to the NHL], which, realistically there's just not enough jobs, I wouldn't hesitate," Chelios said. "I'm staying in shape to go to Europe, pick a good country and take my whole family over there and go play with them there. Like Switzerland. I've been there. Who knows? We've done crazier things in our family."

Chelios, who played 26 seasons in the NHL, later added that he was joking and that he would not attempt a similar comeback if his sons were playing in the NHL or the American Hockey League.

The only father-and-son combo to skate in the NHL was Gordie Howe, who played for the Hartford Whalers in 1979-80 with sons Mark and Marty.

Chelios is in Toronto as part of the 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame class. He'll be inducted Monday along with Scott Niedermayer, Brendan Shanahan, Geraldine Heaney and Fred Shero.

Chelios' current job is as an adviser to hockey operations with the Detroit Red Wings. He said he still skates occasionally, and will play for the Red Wings at the 2013 Alumni Showdown on Dec. 31 at Comerica Park in Detroit.

"More pushing pucks and blowing whistles in Grand Rapids," he said of work with the Red Wings' AHL affiliate. "Every once in a while I'll do a Tuesday night group. I skate more in the summer with my sons than I do actually during the season. Going to have to skate for the Winter Classic. I'm looking forward to that."

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