Chris Chelios (Downers Grove, Ill.) has been named to the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame Class of 2018 it was announced today by the IIHF.
“Chris is one of the greatest players to ever wear a Team USA jersey” said Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey. “His remarkable skill, tenacity, and leadership shined for our teams for four decades, and he is tremendously deserving to be included in the IIHF Hall of Fame.”
Chelios will become the 23rd American to be enshrined into the IIHF Hall of Fame.
Chris Chelios first skated on the international stage when he competed on the U.S. National Junior Team at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in 1982.
One of only two male players to represent the United States at four Olympic Winter Games (1984, 1988, 2002, 2006), he also participated in three Canada Cups (1984, 1987, 1991), and two World Cups of Hockey (1996, 2004).
Representing his country 10 times internationally, he totaled 23 points (5-18) in 60 games played while helping the U.S. win the inaugural 1996 World Cup of Hockey and captaining Team USA to a silver medal at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
A three-time Stanley Cup champion, Chelios holds the record for most games played by a defenseman in NHL history (1,651), after completing 26 seasons in the NHL. Since retirement, Chelios most recently served as an assistant coach for the 2016 U.S. National Junior Team at the IIHF World Junior Championship, helping them capture a bronze medal.
The 2018 IIHF Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on the final weekend of the 2018 IIHF Men’s World Championship, in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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