Chris Chelios joined us on Spittin' Chiclets this week and he did NOT hold back when it came to the story telling department and in particular, the stories about Mike Babcock. Chelios told a story about the 2009 Winter Classic that led to him crushing a few beers during the game because Babcock had benched him in front of all his friends and family.
Chelios: He tried to healthy scratched me in the outdoor game in Wrigley Field against against Chicago because he knew it was my hometown. Just things that were so unnecessary.
Whit would go on to ask him if he spoke up about him trying to health bomb him.
Whitney: When you say he tried to scratch you and what did you say? like no chance?
Chelios: Oh well trust me I will say….Kenny Holland and Jim Nill for three days argued with him. So what Babs ended up doing was he suited up 7 D for the first time ever, first and last time. He suited up 7 D, put Anders Lilja in the lineup. And played me opening shift and then didn't play me another shift the rest of the game. That was his way of, you know, showing Kenny and now Jim Nill, he's not going to be told what to do.
Again, and you know it's funny. I'm sitting there. Second period and my two sons were about 40 feet, you know, sittin on the boards and they're looking at me going, what's going on?
And I look at them. I tip my glass like you know my cup, to get me a beer. So my two boys were handing me beers the whole game. And then McCrimmon tried to get me to go out there with a minute left to kill a penalty, I said not a chance.
Just a legendary move. You want to bench me in my hometown Winter Classic in front of all my friends and family? Jokes on you, i'm getting tanked and enjoying the front row seat.
And that is a move not many guys can pull off, but Chris Chelios is definitely someone who can. At the time he had two Stanley Cups, a Norris Trophy and a World Cup of Hockey win for Team USA. And lets not forget the fact he had been in the league 20+ years. It's the Winter Classic and it's Chris Chelios. He's not going to be a liability for you out there, he's likely going to help you win.