February 1, 2006, - 4:33 pm

Why?: Furniture-Breaker Chosen As U.S. Olympic Hockey Captain

By Debbie Schlussel
Oy! Why did the USA Hockey choose overgrown baby Chris Chelios captain of the 2006 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team?
It certainly can’t be because of age. He may be 44, but he acts like a 4-year-old kid. His past behavior–also as captain of the team–included breaking furniture and damaging rooms at the Olympic dorms. We objected to Chelios even being picked for the team, based on his blatant unsportsmanlike behavior.

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Whining Thug Chris Chelios (left) , 2006 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team Captain

But making him captain, yet again, is just ludicrous. We can’t wait ’til he retires from hockey–long overdue. And we say: Bring back amateur hockey players to the Olympics. We liked it much better that way.
Here’s a recap our objections to Cheli (as he likes to be known):

Chelios–who tried, but failed to make the 1980 Team–never belonged on the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team. But, unfortunately, he has served as the U.S. Team’s captain in at least two Olympics. Chelios is a punk, who threatened the life of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman during the NHL strike in the mid-’90s and, as Captain of the 1998 Olympic team, broke furniture and trashed the dorms where his team was staying in Nagano.
That should have barred Chelios forever from future Olympics, but didn’t. If ever there was a good argument to return to the class-act amateur players, like the ones who won in 1980, the spoiled, ingrate (but not Gold Medalist) Chelios is it. So is his friend and co-conspirator in the dorm and furniture trashing, Brett Hull, who retired earlier this year.
Chelios should take a cue from Hull, and at age 43 (senior citizenship in hockey), retire. We’re tired of hearing Chelios whine and threaten. In addition to his threat on Bettman in the ’90s, Chelios attacked Bettman again during last year’s NHL lockout (which showed Bettman knew what he was doing–the players lost big), and is now attacking the new NHL Players Association leadership.
Chris Chelios doesn’t compare to guys like my friend, Mark Wells, who returned from the 1980 Olympics with a Gold Medal, but no pro hockey career. For years after, he slaved nights as a night shift manager for Ram’s Horn 24-hour Restaurants. To hear that Chelios has a chance, yet again, to dishonor what Mark and the 1980 Olympians did in Lake Placid is sad news.

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6 Responses

Yo lovergirl…I won back-to-back hockey championships in high school and managed to keep MOST of my teeth…and YES, there are some schvartzes who played hockey—LOL…so are you gonna e-mail me one of those coveted DS string-bikini calendars???

EminemsRevenge on February 1, 2006 at 5:55 pm

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EminemsRevenge on February 1, 2006 at 6:47 pm

I hate to disagree but Chelios is still the man. He should have been on the 80 team, he is one of the greatest American brn hockey players ever.
Raymond B
http://www.voteswagon.com

raymondb.voteswagon.com on February 1, 2006 at 9:25 pm

Gary Bettman is a tool and has ruined hockey as we know it. I can understand if Debbie takes exception to Chelios acting like a brat and wrecking the furniture during the Olympics, but please don’t bring Buttman’s name into this.
Chelios is not a thug, he did have some scraps in his younger years but is far from a goon..he does have a rep in some circles as being a jerk but I think overall, as athletes go, he’s not all that bad….. he still (surprisingly) has wheels even at 43. I don’t like the Red Wings but if Chelios was sucking as a player, he would have been forced to retire by now. The new rules, while making fighting and checking dissipate, has made for a faster game. So give Chelly his due there.
I don’t know if your remarks concerning Chelios come from an anti-union point of view-stumping for the vile Gary Bettman– or if you really believe Chelios is a menace to society. The players and their union were grossly misreprestented and Bettman did call their bluff, and the season was cancelled. As far as I’m concerned, both the union and the league were losers, and now the new NHL is a shell of it’s former self.
Brian Leetch deserved to be on Team USA instead of Chelly but so it goes.
Keep up the good work Debbie and please stop stumping for Gary Bettma, he sucks!

ShamRocker on February 2, 2006 at 4:56 am

Debbie,
I’ll try to speak to some of the Nashville Predators to give him an extra shot when the Dead Wings come to town next Thursday. We are looking to spank them again like the 2 in a row we recently gave them in Detroit.
If you ever come down in the Nashville area remember I have some great seats at the Preds games.

Jeff_W on February 2, 2006 at 9:18 am

ER, I actually went to college with and lived at the time 2 apts. down from an enventual “NHL schvartze”, Graeme Townshend! His career was short, but I think Grant Fuhr made the Hall of Fame! So I know there are a few out there….

hairymon on February 4, 2006 at 12:11 am

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