AT 45 CHRIS CHELIOS is the oldest noncoach in the NHL, and he has played in more postseasons (22) and more postseason games (234 through Sunday) than anyone ever. Some other Cheliosian numbers: 11 All-Star Games, three Norris Trophies, two Stanley Cups—and 2,843 penalty minutes. At 6'1" and 190 pounds of bottled fury, Chelios still logs heavy ice time on the formidable Red Wings defense. Top-seeded Detroit knocked off the Flames to get to the second round, and however long its playoff run, don't expect Chelios's legacy to end there. He says he'll play until he's 50. No one's arguing.
On the afterlife
I'd like to die fast and painlessly at a hockey rink. I'll watch a game, have a heart attack and go. Then I want my body to be frozen and stored off I-290 in Chicago. Overhead will be a neon sign flashing my NHL numbers, 24 and 7, nonstop.