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Blackhawks Great Chris Chelios Joins ESPN as NHL Studio Analyst

The Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman will join Mark Messier across the network’s platforms starting next season.

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Chris Chelios reached an agreement Tuesday to join ESPN as an NHL studio analyst beginning next season.

Chelios will appear on ABC, ESPN, ESPN+, and Hulu. The NHL and ESPN agreed to a seven-year television, streaming and media rights deal March 10 that begins with the 2021-22 season.

Chelios will join Mark Messier as part of ESPN’s top studio team. Wayne Gretzky joined Turner Sports as a NHL studio analyst for next season on May 26. The NHL and Turner Sports announced a seven-year agreement on April 27 that will have regular-season and playoff games on TNT and TBS.

Chelios started his career with the Montreal Canadiens, winning his first Stanley Cup in 1986. Montreal traded him in 1990 to his hometown Chicago Blackhawks for Denis Savard. He scored 487 points (92 goals, 395 assists) in 664 games from 1990-99 with the Blackhawks. Chicago traded the captain and three-time Norris Trophy winner in March 1999 to the Detroit Red Wings.

Chelios won the Stanley Cup again in 2002 and 2008 with Detroit. He then played seven games with the Atlanta Thrashers during the 2009-10 season to cap his 26-year career. He is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s 2013 class.

In 2010, Chelios returned to Detroit as an adviser to hockey operations, working with the Red Wings’ defense prospects in the AHL. He returned to the Blackhawks in 2018 as an ambassador alongside Tony Esposito, Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, and Savard.


Brandon is a contributor for On Tap Sports Net covering the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Steel. He also covers the Blackhawks as an independent correspondent for NHL.com. Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonmcain.

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