Fresh from the Winter Olympics in 1984, 22-year-old Chris Chelios skated into his first full season on professional ice. The immensely talented defenseman earned slots in the NHL All-Star Game and on the All-Rookie Team, then he helped the Montreal Canadiens snatch the Stanley Cup in 1986. He spent the rest of the decade with the team, beginning the 1990's with the Chicago Blackhawks, who made it to the Finals in 1992 (their first such visit since 1973). He was traded to the Detroit Red Wings seven years later.
Two Stanley Cups heavier during Chelios' tenure, Detroit declined to re-up the veteran last year, seemingly ending his professional career. Undaunted, Chelios went with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. This week their NHL parent club, the Atlanta Thrashers, turned heads by signing the 48-year-old, although general manager