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Chelios hasn't lost his love for the game

Sunday, 12.11.2011 / 7:46 PM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

The question appeared to catch Chris Chelios a little off-guard.

"Could you still play in the National Hockey League right now?" he was asked recently during a conversation with

The 49-year old former star defenseman, who will be inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday, retired in 2010 and took a job as executive advisor to Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland. He has an office at Joe Louis Arena, complete with a flat screen TV on one wall and a giant dry-erase board on the other for tracking and grading players.

Chelios set to enter U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Sunday, 12.11.2011 / 5:53 PM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

The stories often sound more like rumors, kind of far-fetched; tall tales told by your grandpa on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Ask around about legendary NHL defenseman Chris Chelios and you're sure to run into a few legendary ones.

Some are funny, like the image of him donning an apron at a Chicago diner and cooking breakfast. Others are a little folksy, like the one about the perennial NHL All-Star driving around looking for a good pick-up game with his hockey equipment in the trunk.

Suter deserves place among American-born greats

Sunday, 12.11.2011 / 10:31 AM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

Ask those who've played with or against Gary Suter and the terms "underrated" or "underappreciated" are likely to come up a few times.

"His demeanor off the ice is the same exact way it was on the ice. He doesn't like attention and he was the same type of player. He just did his job and didn't want the attention. He'd rather be in a deer blind than the public eye. That's just who he is."
-- Chris Chelios on Gary Suter

Despite winning the Stanley Cup in 1989 with the Calgary Flames, playing 1,145 games over 17 NHL seasons and racking up 844 points (203 goals and 641 assists), Suter still gets a little lost in the shuffle in a discussion about great defensemen.

"He was just an all-around good defenseman," said Trent Yawney, who played with Suter in Calgary. "When you mention his name, the first thing that comes to mind is 'underrated,' because he didn't get a lot of notoriety like some of the other guys -- but he was every bit as good as the ones who did."

On Monday in Chicago, that will change.

Suter will be inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame along with good friend and former defense partner Chris Chelios, star power forward Keith Tkachuk, legendary announcer Mike Emrick and Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider. Earlier this week, Suter spent some time with talking about his impressive, though somewhat unheralded, hockey career and the pending induction.

Tkachuk developed into a top U.S. power forward

Saturday, 12.10.2011 / 9:00 AM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

Very few American-born players have had NHL careers that rival that of Keith Tkachuk.

The native of Melrose, Mass., who was nicknamed "Walt" by teammate Eddie Olczyk, finished with 538 goals and 1,065 points, which rank him third and fifth, respectively, all-time among Americans. The forward's rough-and-tumble style led to him amassing 2,219 career penalty minutes, fourth-most among Americans.

Tkachuk's production over his 19 NHL seasons helped him earn a spot in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame along with fellow 2011 class members Gary Suter, Chris Chelios, Ed Snider and Mike "Doc" Emrick. All five will be inducted Monday in Chicago.

Tkachuk left indelible mark on Coyotes' Doan

Saturday, 12.10.2011 / 9:00 AM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

When you play hockey for as long as Keith Tkachuk, you're going to have an influence on a lot of people. But perhaps Tkachuk, who will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday in Chicago, made his biggest impact on Shane Doan.

Tkachuk spent 10 seasons playing for the Winnipeg/Phoenix franchise, the final eight as the team's captain and the final six alongside Doan, who is the current captain of the Coyotes.

Doan broke into the NHL in 1995 as an 18-year-old budding power forward. The 6-foot-1, 223-pound Doan couldn't have found a better role model for his career than Tkachuk, the 6-foot-2, 230-pounder who scored 102 goals during Doan's first two seasons.

Dean of American hockey announcers enters U.S. Hall

Friday, 12.09.2011 / 9:00 AM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Hockey fans can thank their lucky stars that Charles and Mary Emrick decided to take in a minor-league hockey game with son Michael more than a half century ago.

The contest played that evening between the Fort Wayne Komets and Muskegon Zephyrs in the International Hockey League had a profound impact on Emrick, just 14 at the time. That night, his visions of becoming a baseball broadcaster were forever changed.

Philadelphia legacy earns Snider call from U.S. Hall

Thursday, 12.08.2011 / 3:28 PM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

When Ed Snider is inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, it will be as much for what he s done for the game today as for what he s doing for its future.

Snider, the founding owner and current chairman of the Philadelphia Flyers, will join Chris Chelios, Gary Suter, Mike "Doc" Emrick and Keith Tkachuk as the Class of 2011 in a ceremony Dec. 12 in Chicago.

During his time running the Flyers, the team has risen to elite status in the League. In 45 seasons, the Flyers have missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs just eight times, tied with St. Louis for the fewest among the "Second Six" expansion franchises. They ve won 16 division titles, eight conference titles and back-to-back Stanley Cups, in 1974-75. They also reached the Stanley Cup Final two seasons ago.

U.S. inspired new generation with 1996 World Cup win

Monday, 08.01.2011 / 5:44 PM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

While the three players that will be inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame this fall credited the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team's gold medal win in Lake Placid as the impetus for their hockey careers, today's generation looks to them for their golden victory as their inspiration.

Chris Chelios, Gary Suter and Keith Tkachuk all played major roles in the U.S. winning the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, and will join Philadelphia Flyers founder and owner Ed Snider and long-time hockey broadcaster Mike "Doc" Emrick when the Class of 2011 is enshrined in Chicago in the fall.

That memorable tournament featured the U.S. and Canada battling in a best-of-3 series that at the time featured the best hockey had to offer.

Game 1 saw Steve Yzerman score in overtime to give Canada a 4-3 victory at the just-opened CoreStates Center (now the Wells Fargo Center) in Philadelphia, a building Snider financed himself as a new home for his Flyers to replace the Spectrum.

Chelios leads U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame group

Monday, 08.01.2011 / 2:25 PM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Three of the greatest U.S.-born players to ever lace on skates, an icon in the sports and entertainment business and one of the most recognized broadcasters in the history of the game headline this year's list of inductees into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.

The honorees, announced Monday during a media teleconference by USA Hockey, include defensemen Chris Chelios and Gary Suter, forward Keith Tkachuk, Philadelphia Flyers founder and owner Ed Snider and broadcaster Mike "Doc" Emrick, who turned 65 Monday. The 39th U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction dinner and ceremony will be held in Chicago on a date to be determined.

Chelios and Suter combined for 43 seasons along NHL blue lines. Chelios played a record-tying 26 seasons -- six with the Montreal Canadiens, nine with the Chicago Blackhawks and 10 with the Detroit Red Wings before closing his career with the Atlanta Thrashers in 2009-10 at the age of 48. He retired as the oldest U.S.-born hockey player ever and the second oldest in NHL history behind former Detroit legend Gordie Howe (52). Chelios currently works as the executive advisor to Detroit GM Ken Holland.

Hatchers reunited as U.S. Hockey Hall of Famers

Thursday, 10.21.2010 / 6:31 PM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

David Kalan - Staff Writer

Kevin Hatcher remembers sitting in the Washington Capitals' dressing room when Dino Ciccarelli walked in with a hot temper and swelling around his eye.

"He came in after the second period and his eye was slowly closing, so he couldn't play. So he said, 'Somebody better get that [guy],'" Hatcher said. "It was such an awkward position for me to have my teammate, who I actually roomed with for a while in Dino, and have him yelling across the room at my brother."

Hockey has a long-established tradition of protecting one's own, but once in a while a wrench gets thrown into the mix. As he sat by his locker that night, that wrench stared Hatcher in the face. Ciccarelli missed the rest of the game because of a collision with Kevin's brother Derian, leaving Kevin in the uncomfortable position of balancing his team against his family.
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