Top 100 Habs: #52

#52: Chris Chelios

Chris Chelios is a surefire hall of famer, whenever he decides to retire.

Chris Chelios

Chris Chelios

Chelios, now 47 years old, is in his 25th NHL season, and doesn’t look to be stopping any time soon.

Chelios was drafted by the Habs in 1981, and played his first game for the team two years later. In 1984, he played for Team USA in the Olympics and the Canada Cup before making the Canadiens full-time.

His first full season with the Habs the following year was great, as he scored nine goals and 64 points in 74 games. He was named to the all-rookie team, and played in the all-star game that year.

Two years later, he helped lead a young Montreal team to the Stanley Cup.

In 1988-89, he won the Norris trophy as the league’s best defenceman. He played one more season with the Habs (where he was co-captain, the first American to captain the Canadiens) before being traded away to the Chicago Blackhawks for Denis Savard, in what a lot of people call one of the worst trades ever for the Habs.

In total, Chelios has won an NCAA championship, three Stanley Cups, three Norris trophies, and has played in 11 all-star games, three Canada Cups and three Olympics.

For more on Chris Chelios:

Hockey Hall of Fame

Wikipedia

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