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Chris Chelios Retires After 26 NHL Seasons

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(AP, File)

Chris Chelios  is saying goodby to the ice, but not to Hockeytown. Former Red Wings star Chris Chelios announed Tuesday he is finally retiring at the age of 48 after 26 NHL seasons and three Stanley Cups.

The longest-tenured defenseman in league history made the announcement at a news conference in Detroit on this afternoon.

Chelios said he’s  been dreading this day for awhile.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of this game at the highest level for a long time,” he said. 

“I’ve met a lot of great people and developed some special relationships along the way.  The three championship teams I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of have truly been the highlights of my career.  I’m excited for this next challenge to begin and I’m also thankful the Wings have extended this opportunity for me to continue to be close to the game,” Chelios said.

Chelios will take a job in management with the Wings, serving as Advisor to Hockey Operations.  He will work with the front office and coaching staffs and help to develop and mentor young players.  He will also assist in business operations.

 (Copyright 2010 WWJ Radio.  All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report. )

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