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Q+A Chris Chelios
Chris Chelios
October 11, 2004
The 11-time NHL All-Star defenseman plans to play with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL until the NHL lockout ends
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October 11, 2004

Q+a Chris Chelios

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The 11-time NHL All-Star defenseman plans to play with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL until the NHL lockout ends

SI: Is it strange not to be in training camp right now?

Chelios: Well, I just got out of the World Cup, so it doesn't seem like I've been out that long. But in another couple of weeks it will hit. It's less of a weird feeling and more of an awful feeling, knowing there's no light at the end of the tunnel right now.

SI: How long do you think the lockout will last?

Chelios: It will either end in January or last the whole year.

SI: Gordie Howe played into his 50s. At 42, how much longer do you see yourself playing?

Chelios: If I wanted to play until I was 45 or 47, I don't think it would be a problem physically. But my family would be a big problem. I can't live away from them. If Detroit wants me to play with the team for years, that would be great. But that's probably the only way for me to continue.

SI: Do NHL players pay attention to declining TV ratings?

Chelios: Sure we do. It bothers us. Especially when you hear that volleyball is getting higher ratings than hockey. Some cities are never going to be into hockey. I think we've let too many teams into the league and that's the biggest problem now.

SI: You're a first generation Greek-American. Are you serious about forming a bobsled team to compete for Greece in the 2006 Olympics?

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