Chelios elected into Hockey Hall of Fame

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No defenseman or American player appeared in more NHL games than Chris Chelios.

Each time Chelios took the ice in those 1,651 contests, he did so with a passion and determination for the sport for which he developed a love while growing up in the south suburbs of Chicago.

The three-time Norris Trophy winner was among three players in the Class of 2013 elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Tuesday, joining Scott Niedermayer and Brendan Shanahan. Also inducted is female player Geraldine Heaney and in the builder category, Fred Shero.

For Chelios, the honor caps a playing career that took him from his hometown of Evergreen Park to Mt. Carmel High School to 26 seasons in the NHL—including nine with the Chicago Blackhawks during the 1990’s. Chelios also was a member of the Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens and Atlanta Thrashers before retiring in 2010.  He was an 11-time NHL All-Star and represented the United States in four Olympics.

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Chris Chelios with the Blackhawks in 1997. (John Lee / Chicago Tribune)