Chelios is Wings' Ageless Wonder

Detroit defenseman plows on in his 23rd season
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2008 12:17 AM CDT
Chicago Blackhawks captain Chris Chelios congratulates Joe Murphy after Murphy scored the winning goal for the Blackhawks against the Calgary Flames in Calgary, Alberta, in this April 24, 1996 photo.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Mike Ridewood, file)
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(Newser) – Twenty-four seasons and counting for Chris Chelios – and he doesn’t think about the ‘R’ word. And why should he, considering that, at age 46, he’s still a finely-tuned athlete, one who works out harder than players half his age and is still called on by his coach to play significant minutes on the Red Wings blue line, writes E. J. Hradek in ESPN The Magazine.

Yes, they’re fewer minutes than when he started his career during the Reagan Administration, but he still yearns for another shot at the Stanley Cup. "Age is like a black cloud over me. I hate it,” he says. But it doesn’t cross his mind when he’s on his third workout of the day - paddle-surfing in the Pacific Ocean with his kids.