Canadiens defenceman Chris Chelios leans on Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ron Hextall in 1987 Montreal Forum action.
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Superstar defenceman Chris Chelios on Tuesday joined fellow rearguard Scott Niedermayer and forward Brendan Shanahan in the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013.
Chelios began his career in Montreal in 1983-84 at the age of 24 and was a member of the 1986 Stanley Cup champions. He would win two more Cups, with Detroit, and finally retire as a member of the Atlanta Thrashers at the age of 48 in 2009-10, having played 1,651 regular-season games.
The native of Chicago also joined late Philadelphia Flyers coach Fred Shero, a builder, and women’s pioneer Geraldine Heaney in this year’s group of inductees, who will be enshrined in November.
Chelios is the 45th Canadiens player to be inducted into the Hall, the first since Patrick Roy and Dick Duff were called in 2006. The Habs also have 10 builders in hockey’s temple.
Here’s a feature I wrote on then-Red Wing Chelios in 2008.
Below, courtesy of the Canadiens 2012-13 media guide, is a look at the Canadiens who have received hockey’s highest honour: