Former Chicago Blackhawks star Chris Chelios named to Hall of Fame

The Hockey Hall of Fame will induct former Chicago Blackhawks defensemen Chris Chelios as part of its 2013 class, the organization announced on Tuesday.

The three-time Norris Trophy winner and 11-time NHL All-Star is joined by Scott Niedermayer, Brendan Shanahan as well as Geraldine Heaney and two-time Stanley Cup-winning coach Fred Shero as builders.

The formal induction ceremony will take place on Monday, November 11.

Chelios grew up watching the likes of Blackhawk greats Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull from his Evergreen Park home. Chelios played his prep career at Mt. Carmel High School before moving to San Diego and then played collegiate hockey at San Diego-based U.S. International University, the only NCAA Division I hockey team west of the Rockies.

Following being cut from the team and stints in Canada, Chelios returned home and was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft. Chelios was also a member of the Detroit Red Wings and Atlanta Thrashers in addition to his nine seasons with the Hawks during the 1990’s before retiring in 2010.

Chelios also played in the Olympics four times for the U.S., receiving a silver medal in 2002.

Chelios currently holds the NHL records for most games played by a defensemen and any American-born player with 1,651. He is also tied with Wings legend Gordie Howe for most NHL seasons played with 26.

The Hawks traded Chelios to the rival Wings in 1999, where Chelios currently is an advisor to hockey operations for the Wings.

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