He’s Really Freakin’ Old

Justin March 11, 2010 3

Chris Chelios has been activated by the Atlanta Thrashers. Yes, that Chris Chelios. The one who played his first NHL game for the Canadiens in 1984.


At 48, Chelios becomes the second oldest player in league history, behind only Gordie Howe.

He made his NHL debut before 8 of his new Atlanta teammates were born. If you think that’s crazy, check out this exhaustive list of people younger than Chris Chelios:

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette, Flames coach Brent Sutter, Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice, Avalanche coach Joe Sacco, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, Panthers coach Peter DeBoer, Wild coach Todd Richards, Predators coach Barry Trotz, Islanders coach Scott Gordon, Senators coach Cory Clouston, Penguins coach Dan Blysma, Sharks coach Todd McLellan, Blues interim coach Davis Payne, Lightning coach Rick Tocchet

Hall of Famers  Steve Yzerman, Luc Robitaille, Brian Leetch, Brett Hull, Scott Stevens, Al Macinnis, Ron Francis, Patrick Roy, Cam Neely, Pat LaFontaine, Grant Fuhr, Dale Hawerchuk, Mario Lemieux

Alaska Governor Sean Parnell, Iowa Governor Chet Culver, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry

OMB director Peter Orszag, UN Ambassador Susan Rice, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan

US President Barack Obama, Mexican President Felipe Calderon, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt

Like I said, Chris Chelios is old. Really freakin’ old.


  1. John March 11, 2010 at 6:51 pm -

    Older than all but the Original Six franchises, too, no?

  2. qwertyman March 12, 2010 at 11:14 am -

    Great list, but Obama is like 6 months older than Chelios.

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