USA Hockey today named Chris Chelios (Chicago, Ill.) captain of the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team that will be competing at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, later this month.
Chelios will serve as captain of the team for the third straight Olympics. Most recently, he helped lead Team USA to a silver medal at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was also captain of Team USA at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan.
At 44-years-old, Chelios will be the oldest American ever to compete in an Olympic Winter Games ice hockey tournament, and along with fellow 2006 Olympian Keith Tkachuk (Melrose, Mass.), is one of only two American ice hockey players to be named to four Olympic squads (1984, 1998, 2002, and 2006).
“We feel that Chris is not only a tremendous player, but also a terrific leader,” said Don Waddell (Duluth, Ga.), general manager of the 2006 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team. “For us to have success, Chris is going to have to be a big part of it.”
Chelios will be presented with his Team USA jersey by Don Waddell in an on-ice ceremony just prior to tonight’s NHL game between St. Louis and Detroit at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.