Chelios: Shanahan ‘concerned about his image’

Chris Chelios and Brendan Shanahan were teammates with the Detroit Red Wings for seven seasons and were both inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013. (Richard Lam/CP)

Early Wednesday, we found out Chris Chelios had some issues with Brendan Shanahan. Chelios told Sportsnet 590 The Fan that his former teammate was like a politician. Now, we know that’s not all he thought of him.

According to an excerpt from Chelios’s new book, which was released by The Detroit Free Press, Chelios thought Shanahan was too concerned about his image.


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“Shanahan was a Hall of Fame hockey player, a scorer with toughness and a willingness to stand up for his teammates. I was glad he was on my team. But Shanahan was also a calculating guy, always working an angle, and I don’t mind saying that,” Chelios says in the book.

“He didn’t think twice about chasing down members of the media if he thought they had treated him unfairly. He was always concerned about his image.

“After we won Game 3 against Carolina in the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals — a 3-2 triple-overtime thriller — I heard him whining about the game story that appeared in the next day’s newspaper. I’ve never seen a guy just two victories away from a championship so depressed. I told him to shut up and worry about playing well.”

The book, Chris Chelios: Made in America, which was co-written with veteran hockey writer Kevin Allen of USA Today, is set to be released next month.

Chelios and Shanahan were teammates with the Red Wings for seven seasons from 1999 to 2006, winning the Stanley Cup together in 2002. They were both inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013.

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