Chelios joins Fuel for rookie season

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Indy Fuel announced that they have signed rookie forward Dean Chelios for the 2014-15 season.

The Fuel are the ECHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League and the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

The son of Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Chris Chelios, the 25-year-old, appeared in eight games with the Toledo Walleye at the end of the 2013-14 season following the conclusion of his collegiate career.

In four seasons at Michigan State, Chelios tallied 53 points (22g-31a) and 80 penalty minutes in 139 games played from 2009-14 in CCHA and Big Ten Conference play. Prior to his time with the Spartans, Chelios spent three seasons in the junior ranks with the USHL’s Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and Chicago Steel from 2007-09. In his final junior campaign, Chelios scored at a better-than point-per-game pace notching 53 points (19g-34a) in 49 games for the 2008-09 Steel.

Chelios’ father Chris, a three-time Norris Trophy winner as the NHL’s best defenseman (1988-89, 1992-93 and 1995-96), three-time Stanley Cup Champion (1986 with Montreal, 2002 and 2008 with Detroit) and 11-time NHL All-Star, played 26 seasons in the NHL with the Montreal Canadians (1983-90), Detroit Red Wings (1998-2009) and the Fuel’s NHL affiliate, the Chicago Blackhawks (1990-99) before concluding his playing career with the Atlanta Thrashers in 2010 as the NHL’s all-time leader in games played by a defenseman (1,651).