Chris Chelios led a class of five inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday night.
The three-time Norris Trophy winner and four-time Olympian was joined by fellow defenseman Gary Suter, who played with Chelios at the University of Wisconsin and for the Chicago Blackhawks, forward Keith Tkachuk, Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider and broadcaster Mike Emrick.
''In my generation of players, there weren't a lot of kids who played organized hockey,'' Chelios said. ''Maybe a handful of us continued on to a college career. It wasn't as easy as today. American kids were playing baseball and football, and developed a little later. So those two years you need to grow, physically, there wasn't anywhere to play.''
Chelios played for three Stanley Cup teams, one for Montreal and two for Detroit, in 26 seasons. Suter was the NHL's top rookie for Calgary in 1985-86. Tkachuk scored 538 goals in 19 NHL seasons, and, like Chelios, played on four Olympic teams.
Snider was among the Fly...