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Chelios sounds like it is over

Patrick Boylan

I write the Wolves blog for ChicagoNow

"I don't know if this is the time to make a decision," National Hockey League veteran Chris Chelios began, "but I found out it was pretty tough playing 26 or 27 minutes."

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"I was lucky to have the opportunity to go to Atlanta. And that didn't work out. I'm 99 percent sure that will end it as a career," Chelios said in a quiet Chicago Wolves locker room following a game seven overtime loss to the Texas Stars at the Allstate Arena Tuesday night.

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"I don't know if it's the right time to say it," Chelios said. "It's been a great opportunity for 26 years."

Chelios said repeatedly during the five minute interview that the affect of being away from home on his family had a lot of bearing on his final decision. Noting that when he played for the Detroit Red Wings he was often home he noted his parents often attended the Chicago Wolves games. He felt grateful for the chance to play in front of his parents again. But Chelios reflected on time away from his family too, noting one of his daughters was recently injured. "I wasn't there," he said.

He said he was sorry he couldn't last until his sons were ready to play in the NHL. "I tried to hang in there for them. But it's not going to happen," he said.

"The biggest issue was leaving my family," Chelios said, "that's a really tough thing to do. Aside from the way I play that has a lot of bearing on it."

"I think physically it's caught up and it would take a unique role of ten or twelve minutes," he said. "After being in Atlanta it's not worth it to be away from the family to do that."

"It's been a great run," Chelios said. "I always said I'd go out when there was nothing left in the tank. I think I'm there. I'm content with the way things have gone and the way it has ended."

"I've appreciated my opportunities," Chelios said. "I never took it for granted. That's why I stuck it out as long as I did."

"It is really tough to recuperate here," Chelios said, noting the playoff schedule was every other day. Chelios gave a tip of the hat to Jamie Benn, a Dallas Stars rookie who was sent to the Texas Stars to play following the end of the regular season. "He's a young kid, a strong kid. It was no easy task (playing opposite him)," Chelios said.



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Mikrss said:

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Yeah,Chelly really looks like he is suffering from being seperated from his family when he's hanging out a Wrigley with John Cusack every other game.

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