Chris Chelios: Atlanta Thrashers Call Up the 48-Year-Old Defenseman

March 10th, 2010 by Eddie Garrison Leave a reply »

You read the title to this story correctly.

The Atlanta Thrashers are calling up 48-year-old defenseman Chris Chelios from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.

Chelios, apparently going Reggie Dunlap (Slap Shot reference), has not played in the NHL since May 27, 2009, with the Detroit Red Wings against the Chicago Blackhawks.

"Chris has been an outstanding leader and mentor for our young players in Chicago and his level of play has made him deserving of this opportunity," Thrashers GM Don Waddell said in a statement released by the team. "He's a tremendous competitor who strengthens our group of defensemen and instantly adds a veteran presence to our locker room."

I guess if you put the work in and contribute to the team it does not matter what your age—you can still get the call to the show.

Chelios, who has played 46 games for the Wolves in the AHL, has 22 points (five goals, 17 assists) on the season in the minors, good enou ...

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