Blackhawks Icon Chris Chelios Joins Fox Sports 1

Blackhawks Icon Chris Chelios Joins Fox Sports 1

Chicago Blackhawks legend Chris Chelios is the latest addition to the FOX Sports 1 on-air staff, joining the new network as an NHL and Olympics hockey analyst. He provides commentary on the NHL and the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, across all Fox Sports platforms, including Fox Sports 1, America’s new sports network launching August 17, and Fox Sports Radio.

Chelios joins Michelle Kwan and Picabo Street, who were previously announced as FOX Sports Olympic analysts.

Fox Sports 1 is basically the Rebel Alliance launching a legitimate offensive on the ESPN empire. Therefore, Bristol is the DeathStar, and I’m not not sure what network=Ewoks? Turner maybe? And that analogy is not an insult to ESPN; it’s a compliment.

And I guess I would be Lando Calrissian in this analogy. Because I’m a self-sustaining business, and don’t need to get involved in the epic battle. Yet, it’s pretty obvious what side both Lando and I are really on.

Chelios was elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year eligible, and played 1,651 regular-season games with the Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens and Atlanta Thrashers, more than any other defenceman (yes, we went with the Canadian spelling on that word) or American player in NHL history. A three-time Stanley Cup champion, he won thrice won the Norris Trophy, given annually to the NHL’s top defenceman.  He also played two years of collegiate hockey at the University of Wisconsin and led the Badgers to the NCAA title in 1983.

Chelios was called the “best American-born player ever,” by former Blackhawks teammate and current NHL television analyst Eddie Olcyzk. Just a few days ago it was announced that Fox Sports 1 also signed another Chicago sports icon, Bears LB Brian Urlacher.

Chelios retired from hockey in 2010 at the age of 48, making him the second-oldest player in NHL history.

Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports, a Fox Sports affiliate. He is also an analyst for 95.7 The Fan, and writes on Chicago sports media for Chicago Now. President Obama follows his Twitter account (@paulmbanks)

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