Chris Chelios is an American defenseman on the Detroit Red Wings.
The 46 year old Chelios is the oldest active player in the NHL. He has the most career penalty minutes of any active player, and has played in more games than any other American. He played in his 23rd playoffs this season, setting an NHL record. He has only missed the playoffs once in his 24 years of play.
Chelios was drafted in 1981 by the Montreal Canadiens. He played his college hockey at the University of Wisconsin. He debuted with Montreal in 1983 but played only 12 games. The following season he made the permanent roster, and played 74 games, recording 64 points. Chelios won the Cup in 1986 with Montreal, but in 1988-89 he established himself as one of the top defensemen in the league. He won the Norris Trophy, finished with a +35 rating and 73 points in 80 games. He was traded to Chicago in 1990, for Hall of Famer Denis Savard.
Chelios led the Blackhawks to the Cup Finals in 1992, and won his second Norris trophy in 1993, followed by a third in 1996. He was captain of the Blackhawks until 1999, when he was traded to Detroit. In 2002, he led the league with a plus/minus of +40, and helped the Wings win the Cup. In 2008, Chelios set the record for most career playoff games with 248, on the way to winning his 3rd career Stanley Cup. Although he did not play in the Cup Finals, he played enough games in the season to qualify to have his name put on the Cup anyways. At 46, he is the oldest active player to win the Stanley Cup and the second oldest player in NHL history. Gordie Howe played at age 52. He has 4 Norris Trophies and has played in 22 All-star games.
Chelios has captained Team USA for much of his career as well. He played in the 1984 Winter Olympics, and was named captain of the 1996 US team which upset Canada in the World Cup Final. Chelios remained captain for the 1998 Nagano Olympics, as well as the 2002 and 2006 Olympics. Chelios and his teammates took silver at Salt Lake City in 2002, the only medal Chelios has won aside from the 1996 World Cup.