Chris Chelios To Retire: Join Detroit Red Wings Front Office

August 8th, 2010 by Trent Reinsmith Leave a reply »

Reports out of Detroit and Chicago relay that the 48-year-old defenseman is retiring.

Upon his retirement, Chelios will be joining the Detroit Red Wings front office staff.

Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland has had this idea in his mind for over a year. "I don't have a title for him, but he's going to do a little player development," Holland told the Detroit Free Press. "After '09 when I told him we weren't going to re-sign him, I told him to keep in touch. He called me in May and told me he was going to take me up on my offer."

Chelios, in Chicago to catch a Cubs game, said "It looks like I'm going to stay in Detroit and take a job with the Red Wings." Chelios sang "Take Me Out To the Ball Game" during the seventh-inning stretch at the Cubs game which he dedicated the to Bob Probert.

Chelios played 26 seasons in the NHL, a record he shares with another former-Red Wing, Gordie Howe. He stands fourth all-time in NHL games played. Chelios is the second oldest player to play in the NHL, trailing none other than Gordie Howe.  

Chelios, taken in the second round of the 1981 NHL entry draft by the Montreal Canad ...

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