Former Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios has most likely played his last NHL game, but he won't be the one to tell you that.â†µ
Chelios said he's not officially ready to retire, although even he admits he's likely through with hockey.â†µ
"I haven't decided 100 percent, but it looks like I'm not going to play again,'' Chelios said. "The desire is there, but after last year, it would take a special opportunity to leave my family again.â†µ
Chelios played last season at age 48, by far the oldest in the league, with the AHL Chicago Wolves. Chelios played in 46 regular season games for the Wolves before being recalled by the Atlanta Thrashers, the Wolves' NHL parent franchise. After playing seven games for Atlanta, Chelios resumed playing with the Wolves, appearing in 14 postseason games.â†µ
The main reason for Chelios' longevity has been his off-season workout regimen, which he will start next month in Southern California. He still trains with current Wings Jiri Hudler and Dan Cleary, and holds regular workouts at Joe Louis Arena.