Chris Chelios Night in Chicago: How Blackhawks Fans Should Remember Him

December 16th, 2010 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
On Friday night, the Chicago Blackhawks will celebrate the contributions of Chris Chelios to the organization.

At the preseason game against Detroit when this night was announced, the news was greeted with a mixed reaction. The reaction wasn't a surprise, considering it was just days earlier that Chelios had accepted a position in the front office of the Red Wings and the end of Chelios' career (pre-Wolves/Thrashers) was spent in a Detroit sweater.

And, as Blackhawks fans do, it's the custom to tell any/everything associated with the Red Wings that they suck.

But on Friday night, the greeting Chelios receives should be different.

On June 26, 1990, the Chicago Blackhawks acquired Chelios in a trade that didn't sit well with many fans. He came to the Hawks from Montreal with a second-round draft pick in exchange for Denis Savard. Even though Chelios had won a Norris Trophy in Montreal and was a Chicago kid coming home, the deal moving Savard out of town wasn't popular with everyone at the Chicago Stadium.

Once he stepped on the ice, though, he was everything the Blackhawks needed in a captain.

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