For a while it seemed like Chris Chelios would never leave the game of hockey and that was solidified Tuesday when he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Chelios played in the NHL until the age of 48, second only to Gordie Howe, and will go down as one of the most dominate American-born players of all-time.

Chelios is one of the most decorated players of the modern era. He won three Stanley Cups, three Norris Trophies while playing in 11 All-Star games. The Chicago-native also represented his country multiple times, including four Olympics, the Canada Cup and the World Cup. Even though he stood at only 5’11, Chelios’ skill and leadership brought him success everywhere he went.

Chelios was a star in the making as soon as his career began. The Montreal Canadiens made him the 40th pick in the 1981 draft and he was able to get 12 games in with them in the 1983-84 season. That same year he would play in the Olympics for the first time, picking up four assists in six games.

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