Hockey Hall of Famer Chris Chelios’ legendary career almost never was

Hall of Famer Chris Chelios with the Detroit Red Wings. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Hall of Famer Chris Chelios with the Detroit Red Wings. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

There are so many great reads produced every day in the world of hockey, but the one I’m introducing by Nicholas J. Cotsonika is a cut above.

This fine piece of journalism was published on Sunday, October 3, 2013, or yesterday as I like to call it. Cotsonika, an NHL writer for Yahoo! Sports, scribed an epic about the unlikely path to professional hockey taken by legendary defenceman Chris Chelios. Read full article by Nicholas J. Cotsonika here, courtesy of Yahoo! Sports. 

If you’re still with me, stop! Click the link and read Cotsonika’s brilliant article entitled ‘Beach bum’s lucky break: How Chris Chelios’ Hall of Fame career almost never happened at all.’

Chris Chelios is no stranger to the spotlight. He was an NHL superstar for more than two decades. However, through all those years of watching Chris win Stanley Cups and Norris trophies, his rocky road to superstardom wasn’t well publicized. This recent news of Chelios’ journey to the big-time makes his undeniably amazing career even more impressive.

What makes Chelios’ legacy so great is how naturally gifted he was on the ice – as a defenceman. And, how he never cared if he made the NHL. Chelios just wanted to play the game he loves.

He retired in 2010 as a 3-time Norris trophy winner, Olympic silver medalist, and 3-time Stanley Cup champion. Chelios was nominated for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. He will officially be inducted next week, on November 11, in Toronto. His class includes Scott Niedermayer, Brendan Shanahan, and Fred Shero.