Blackhawks to host Chris Chelios Heritage Night on December 17
/ Chicago Blackhawks
The Chicago Blackhawks will host Chris Chelios Heritage Night at the United Center on Friday, December 17 before the team battles the Detroit Red Wings at 7:30 P.M. Chelios will drop the ceremonial first puck, while the organization will honor him with a pre-game video and several in-game tributes. The first 10,000 fans to enter the building will receive a Chris Chelios Heritage Night hat sponsored by The PrivateBank.
Over the last two seasons, the Blackhawks have hosted Heritage Nights for Tony Amonte, Glenn Hall, Steve Larmer, Bob Probert, Jeremy Roenick, the “MPH” line of Pit Martin, Jim Pappin and Dennis Hull and for each of the organization’s four ambassadors (Tony Esposito, Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita and Denis Savard).
“I’m very proud to be honored in this way by the Chicago Blackhawks organization,” said Chelios. “This will be a special night for my family and I and I’m happy to be able to share it with the great fans of the Blackhawks.”
Chelios spent nine of his 26 National Hockey League seasons in a Blackhawks uniform, collecting 487 points (92G, 395A) and 1,495 penalty minutes in 664 regular-season games from 1990 to 1999. His 1,495 career penalty minutes during the regular season are a franchise record while his 395 assists and 487 points are third-most among Chicago blueliners. Chelios holds the single season record by a Blackhawks defenseman with 58 assists in both 1992-93 and 1995-96. He also posted a point in 15 consecutive games during the 1995-96 season, a franchise record by a blueliner.
Chelios also collected 48 points (12G, 36A) and 133 penalty minutes in 65 career Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Blackhawks over seven postseason appearances. He led Chicago with 15 assists and ranked second with 21 points in 18 contests during the club’s run to the 1992 Stanley Cup Final. Chelios holds third in franchise history among team defensemen with his 12 goals and fifth with 36 assists and 48 points during postseason competition.
Chelios registered 948 points (185G, 763A) and 2,891 penalty minutes in 1,651 regular-season games over the course of his 26-year career, which included stops with the Montreal Canadiens (1982-1990), Detroit Red Wings (1998-2009) and Atlanta Thrashers (2009-10). His 1,651 career regular-season games ranks fourth in NHL and first among American-born players.
Chelios captured three Stanley Cups during his career, one with the Montreal Canadiens (1986) and two with the Detroit Red Wings (2002 and 2008) while appearing in the postseason an NHL-record 24 times. Overall, he tallied 144 points (31G, 113A) and 423 penalty minutes in an NHL-record 268 Stanley Cup Playoff tilts.
Chelios represented the United States in the Olympics four times (1984, 1998, 2002 and 2006), which includes captaining his last three clubs and earning a Silver Medal with the 2002 team. He captured three Norris Trophies as the NHL’s top defenseman (1989, 1993 and 1996), played in 11 NHL All-Star Games as was named to the First All-Star Team five times and the Second All-Star Team twice.