Hockey Hall of Famer Chris Chelios provides hockey analysis for NHL coverage on ESPN. Chelios joined the ESPN broadcast team in 2021, where he serves as an analyst for select NHL games.
Currently serving as ambassador to the Chicago Blackhawks franchise, Chelios has worked both in the Red Wings front office and in front of the camera since his 2010 retirement. In 2013, Chelios was named NHL analyst on Fox Sports 1, which also included covering the 2014 Winter Olympics. He has also served as an analyst with ESPN calling the World Cup of Hockey.
A native of, Chicago, Illinois, Chelios’ rise to arguably the best American player in hockey was not a traditional one. The only kid in his neighborhood in Chicago to play hockey, Chelios’ family then moved to Southern California where there was no hockey. With no offers to play at universities, Chelios nearly quit hockey after an unsuccessful attempt to play for a local California University and later in Canada. It was an opportunity to play in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan that prepared him to win the NCAA national title at the University of Wisconsin and become the 40th overall pick by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1981 NHL entry draft. From there, he played 26 seasons in the NHL before retiring as the all-time leader in games played as a defenseman (1,651). He won three Stanley Cups (Montreal: 1986; Detroit: 2002, 2008) and was awarded the Norris Trophy three times (1989, 1993, 1996) as the NHL’s best defenseman. His 948 career points (185-793) rank 10th all-time among NHL defensemen. In his 26-year career, Chelios only missed the playoffs twice. In 2013, Chelios was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
In addition to his NHL play, Chelios represented the United States as a player on 10 different occasions. Chelios was a member of Team USA in four Olympic Winter Games, including captaining the 2002 team which earned a silver medal. He also represented Team USA at three Canada Cups and two World Cup of Hockey events, including the team that won the inaugural 1996 World Cup. He also served as an assistant coach for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey team.
Chelios lives in the Chicago area with his wife, Tracee. The couple has two daughters, Caley and Tara, and two sons, Dean and Jake. Both Dean and Jake skated for Michigan State University and made their professional hockey debuts in the 2014-15 season.