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Chelios heading back to the NHL after call-up to Thrashers

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  • Chris Chelios of the Wolves has been called up by the Atlanta Thrashers.

      Chris Chelios of the Wolves has been called up by the Atlanta Thrashers.
    Photo by Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves


ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers have a newcomer: 48-year-old defenseman Chris Chelios, an 11-time All-Star.

Chelios has played in the most games of any American-born NHL player, and he joins the Thrashers after getting five goals and 17 assists in 46 games with Chicago of the AHL. The team recalled Chelios on Wednesday.

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Chelios has 948 points in his 25-year NHL career with Detroit, the Chicago Blackhawks and Montreal. He has appeared in an NHL-record 266 Stanley Cup playoff games and is a three-time captain for the U.S. Olympic team.

He won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman three times, and last appeared in the NHL with Detroit last season.

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