On August 31st Chris Chelios announced his retirement, marking the end of an amazing 26-season career dating all the way back to 1983-84. In his illustrious career he has won Stanley Cups with Montreal and Detroit, and patrolled the strong Chicago blue line throughout the 1990s. He has represented Team USA in 10 major international tournaments, which is almost twice as much as anyone else.
He finished 2nd to Mario Lemieux in Calder voting his rookie season, and went on to win three Norris trophies while being named to the 1st or 2nd all-star teams an amazing 7 times. Last year when the Atlanta Thrashers missed the playoffs it was only the 2nd time in Chelios' 26-season career that he was golfing early.
An amazing career, but was it the greatest career in American history? We'll see if the numbers back that up, but first let's get some background.
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