There was a suprising moment during a timeout on Sunday at the United Center. The 2011 inductees into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame were spotlighted: Doc Emery, Gary Suter, Keith Tkachuk and Chris Chelios. Chelios was announced last, and he received the biggest ovation.
For those who followed the saga, this was no guarantee. Hawks fans have had a real struggle reconciling Chelios' years in Detroit. I know I did. Chelios was traded, so it wasn't as if he had full choice of crossing the divide we fans can't stand. But he did sort of force his trade there.
Seeing him in that jersey was bad enough. When he paraded the Cup at Wrigley Field, seemingly oblivious to the finger in the eye that it was to Hawks fans, I recoiled more. Did he not care?
Chelios's Heritage last year was awkward at best. It was an event that needed to be a year or two more in the future, to let wounds heal. Chelios was booed by as many as he was cheered, and he asked for Hawks fans to put the past in the past. I was...