, 47, has signed with the American Hockey League's Chicago Wolves.
The veteran defenseman will make his debut Friday against the Manitoba Moose.
Chelios leads all American-born players with 1,644 career NHL games and has scored 185 goals and 763 assists, plus 2,891 penalty minutes with the Montreal Canadiens
(1983-90), Chicago Blackhawks
(1990-99) and Detroit Red Wings
"It is an honor for us to have him," said Wolves General Manager Wendell Young
. "We are very excited to have someone of Chris' stature join our team. He will be an excellent example for our young players to watch, both on and off the ice."
Chelios has won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman three times (1989, 1993, 1996), and has been named to the NHL's First All-Star Team five times (1989, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2002). He has participated in 11 NHL All-Star Games, and been a member of three Stanley Cup winning teams (Montreal, 1986; Detroit, 2002 and 2008), while playing in the Stanley Cup Final on three other occasions (1989, 1992, 2009).
In addition to his storied NHL career, Chelios has represented the United States in International play on 12 occasions, which includes captaining Team USA in the 1998, 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics.