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Chris Chelios joins Tony Granato coaching staff for 2018 US Olympic hockey team

Chelios was an assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings

1962: Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Chris Chelios is born in Evergreen Park, Illinois. He played 26 seasons in the NHL, mostly for the Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings, before retiring after seven games with
1962: Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Chris Chelios is born in Evergreen Park, Illinois. He played 26 seasons in the NHL, mostly for the Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings, before retiring after seven games with (Barry Gossage via Getty Images)

DETROIT – USA Hockey announced the coaching staff for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team.

USA Hockey named Tony Granato (Downers Grove, Ill.), head coach of the University of Wisconsin men’s ice hockey team, as head coach of Team USA. Joining Granato behind the bench will be assistant coaches Keith Allain (Worcester, Mass.), Chris Chelios (Chicago, Ill.); Ron Rolston (Fenton, Mich.) and Scott Young (Clinton, Mass.). 

“We’re thrilled to have such an experienced group leading our men’s Olympic team,” said Jim Smith, president of USA Hockey. “These individuals have been a part of some significant moments in USA Hockey history, from winning championships as players to building gold medal-winning teams as staff members.”

“The experience, passion and success our management and coaching staff have between them ensure that we’ll have a team well prepared to win gold in PyeongChang,” said Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey.

Chelios, a four-time Olympian as a player, is serving as an assistant coach for the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team for the first time. The Hockey Hall of Famer previously served as an assistant coach for the bronze medal-winning 2016 U.S. National Junior Team.

Most recently, Chelios was an assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings in 2015-2016 after spending five seasons as an advisor to the Red Wings management staff. In addition to playing for Team USA at the Olympics in 1984, 1988, 2002 and 2006, Chelios also competed for the U.S. in three Canada Cups (1984, 1987, 1991), two World Cups of Hockey (1996, 2004) and once at the World Junior Championship (1982). Chelios, a three-time Stanley Cup champion, holds the record for playing the most games by a defenseman in NHL history (1,651), after completing 26 seasons in the NHL.

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