Credit to the Detroit Red Wings front office for having the package to attract Chris Chelios back with the Red Wings--this time in a management role capacity.
Chris Chelios, 48, spent 10 years of his illustrious 27-year hockey career with Motor City USA. Ken Holland allowed excutive Steve Yzerman leave Detroit in pursuit of his dream to manage a hockey team of his own in Tampa Bay. Now, Chelios comes in and fills a piece of the puzzle as a Red Wing.
The NHL Players Association was the place Chelios became involved with the business side of sports. Chelios led the players into suspicion that Ted Lindsey and Paul Kelly are not the most well-suited individuals for the NHLPA, and he has a say on developing rule changes in the NHL as well.
Detroit Red Wings fans are getting a manager that has more hockey knowledge than anyone else through his unmatched career in hockey. He also has a good read on the players association and assessing hockey talent. Whether Chelios end up as a hockey scout, hockey operations, or advisor remains to be seen. One thing's for sure, Chelios is more than ready to become Kenny Holland's student at the game.
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