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Red Wings confirm Chelios hire

Three-time Norris Trophy winner Chris Chelios is returning to the Detroit Red Wings, but in a front-office position.

Three-time Norris Trophy winner Chris Chelios is returning to the Detroit Red Wings — but in a front-office position.

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Saturday night that Chelios' new job doesn't have a title yet and his specific responsibilities haven't been determined.

Chelios, 48, has played games in 26 NHL seasons. He hasn't officially announced his retirement, but told broadcasters during a Chicago Cubs game on Friday that he was going from the ice to the front office with the Wings.

The Red Wings decided to say goodbye to Chelios as a player after a decade-long relationship in the summer of 2009. He played seven games with the Atlanta Thrashers last season, also skating in the American Hockey League with the Chicago Wolves.

Chelios scored 185 goals and 763 assists for 948 points in 1,651 career NHL games. He was drafted by Montreal in 1981 and played over six seasons with the Canadiens, followed by nine with the Chicago Blackhawks (1990-99).

Chelios is the all-time leader in NHL playoff games played, 266. He won three Stanley Cups in his career, with Montreal in 1986 and Detroit in 2002 and 2008.

He won the Norris as the NHL's best defenceman three times (1989, 1993, 1996), and played in 11 NHL all-star games.

The Chicago native was a staple on U.S. teams for two decades. He is a four-time Olympian (1984, 1998, 2002, 2006), and also figured for the Americans in three Canada Cups and two World Cups, including their 1996 victory.

With files from The Associated Press

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