Pretty cool article about Chris Chelios and how his Hall of Fame career got started. And how close it came to not starting at all. Pretty impressive that he played the most regular season games of any defenseman and the most playoff games of anyone. Of course when you retire at 48, it probably means that you've had a pretty long career.
Parker gave Chelios the number for the coach, Larry Billows. Chelios threw it in the glove box of a buddy’s car and forgot about it. A couple of days later, he and the buddy were headed back to the same beach. He remembered the number. He pulled it out and called Billows – collect – from a payphone near a lifeguard tower.
“What position do you play?” Billows asked.
“What are you looking for?” Chelios responded.
“I play ‘D.’ ”
Chelios had never played defense before. He had been a forward, an undersized forward at that. “I had nothing to lose,” Chelios said.