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Chelios returns from 6-game absence following slayings

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DENVER (AP) -Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios returned to the ice Tuesday, less than a week after leaving the team to help employees of his sports bar cope with the stabbing deaths of two co-workers.

Chelios had missed the last six games, two because of injury and four games following the slayings in Detroit. Killed were 49-year-old Megan Soroka and 52-year-old Mark Barnard.

A 17-year-old busboy who recently was fired from Cheli's Chili Bar confessed to the Jan. 2 killings, according to a police report. Justin Blackshere is charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

He was being held without bond until a preliminary examination on Jan. 16.

The downtown Detroit bar closed Saturday and Sunday in observance of the funerals, said manager Adam Reed. It reopened Monday.

"We're looking forward to a busy night tonight," Reed said Tuesday.

The 44-year-old Chelios has seven assists and no goals in 35 games this year.

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