Chris Chelios never expected to make it to the NHL, let alone into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
There is no reason in the world that I should have made it as a hockey player, Chelios told me a few years ago. I grew up in Chicago on the south side, and no one else had ever made it in the NHL from that area in Chicago because theres not a lot of money there.
I moved to California when I was 16. I had no intention of playing pro hockey or even continuing with hockey, I was just skating for fun.
And then fate intervened.
I was sitting on the beach watching these guys on a hockey team working out, Chelios recalled. One of the kids came up to me who had seen me skate and said he knew of a place he thought I could play in Canada. The rest is history.
A history culminating with Chelios being named a first-ballot inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Tuesday afternoon in Toronto.
Chelios, 51, is the greatest American-born defenseman to ever play the game. Arguably, hes the greatest Ame...