Toronto, Ontario (NNCNOW.com) --- Former University of Wisconsin (UW) defenseman Chris Chelios has been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame, becoming the first former Badger to be inducted into the Toronto-based shrine.
Chelios is one of five members inducted as the class of 2013 --- the others are former NHL players Scott Niedermayer and Brendan Shanahan along with former women's player Geraldine Heaney and coach/general manager Fred Shero.
The 51-year-old Chelios played for UW from 1981-83, winning an NCAA Division I championship with the Badgers before moving on to a 23-year career in the NHL that saw him play 1,651 regular season games --- the most by any American-born player.
Chelios, arguably the greatest American defenseman to ever play, won three Norris trophies as the NHL's best defenseman (1989, ’93 and ’96) and won Stanley Cups with Montreal in 1986 and Detroit in 2002 and 2008.
The official induction ceremony for the class of 2013 into the Hockey Hall of Fame is scheduled for Nov. 11.