Chris Chelios named to Hockey Hall of Fame in first season of eligibility

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The former Wisconsin star joins "Badger" Bob Johnson as members of the Hall of Fame with Wisconsin ties.

Former Wisconsin defenseman Chris Chelios has been handed hockey's highest honor, as he was named to the Hall of Fame on Tuesday in his first season on the ballot.

Chelios joins former Wisconsin coach "Badger" Bob Johnson, who was inducted into the HHOF in Toronto in 1992.

Former NHL players Scott Niedermayer and Brendan Shanahan will also be inducted in to the Hall of Fame in the class of 2013, along with women's player Geraldine Heaney and builder Fred Shero.

Chelios, a Chicago native, played two seasons for the Badgers from 1981-83. The blue-liner made an instant impact when he arrived in Madison, recording more than a point per game in both seasons as a Badger. Chelios finished his Wisconsin career with 97 points in 88 career games.

Despite being a Badger for only two seasons, Chelios was able to be a major part of an important team. In 1983, Chelios was named to the NCAA all-tournament team as the Badgers won the national championship.

Chelios played parts of 26 professional seasons in the NHL for four franchises. He is the all -time leader for NHL games played by a defenseman.

Chelios also won three Stanley Cups, two with the Detroit Red Wings and one with the Montreal Canadiens. An 11-time NHL All-Star, Chelios was a three-time winner of the James Norris Trophy, which is given out to the NHL's best defenseman.

Internationally, Chelios was one of the most instrumental players in U.S. history. Chelios played in four Olympic games for the red, white and blue capturing a silver medal with the 2002 team in Salt Lake City. Chelios captained the team in 1998, 2002 and 2006. He was also a member of the 1984 team. Chelios represented the United States in 10 international events.

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