Ask enough former and current NHL players, coaches and executives about Chris Chelios and a clear pattern of responses begins to emerge.
Chelios is lauded for his toughness, his leadership, his talent, his durability and his determination. He was a hockey player's hockey player, an everyman who wouldn't be deprived of achieving his dream and a force of nature who other world-class athletes were left to marvel at.
Added Nashville Predators general manager David Poile: "Right up there with one of the best Americans ever. Now that it's all over you think of endurance because of how long he played, how old he was when he played; you think of the word warrior."