There always will be a strong connection between the Blackhawks and the Chelios name.
So when Jake Chelios turned down a third straight invitation to the Detroit Red Wings’ developmental camp to take a test run with the Hawks, it opened a lot of eyes on both sides of Lake Michigan.
“The last 12 years I’ve worn red and white when I’ve been going to games, so it’s nice to come back here where I grew up,” said the 21-year-old Chelios, who will be a junior at Michigan State.
Jake Chelios has a few things in common with his dad, Chris.
“The slashing and cross-checking,” Jake Chelios said with a chuckle. “I don’t know if that works anymore, (but) back in his day that was considered a skilled game.”
Jake Chelios appreciates everything his father has done for him.
“He’s seen all of my games, so he’s given me his fair share of advice,” Chelios said. “(I’m) not going to be the most skilled guy when I go out there, but as long as I work hard usually results will come.
“It’s just a really good opportunity. I want to take advantage of that to kind of make my own name.”
The comparisons between Patrick Kane and recent first-round draft pick Teuvo Terevainen should end with the fact they’re both small.
Unlike Kane, who knew he was going to make the team after going first overall in 2007, Terevainen has come to prospects camp with no such expectations.
“The Blackhawks are an amazing team with some amazing players,” Terevainen said. “I’m just here to meet the team and get to know everyone better.”
Play it again:
Last year Brandon Saad was one of the best players at prospects camp and rode the momentum into training camp, where he won a roster spot on opening night in Dallas.
Saad is back at his second prospects camp, ready to serve as a big brother, so to speak.
“If they want to look up to me a little bit, I’d be glad to help some guys out,” he said.
Former Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gautheir was named Tuesday as the Hawks’ new director of player personnel.
Gauthier replaces Norm MacIver, who was promoted to assistant GM to Stan Bowman when Marc Bergevin left to become GM in Montreal.Copyright © 2014 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.