Chelios was a tough, durable defenseman that embodied the term "Iron Man." Known for his longevity in his later years, Chelios played at a top level longer than almost anyone else in hockey. He was still playing 17 minutes a game at the age of 46, and that wasn't even
his last season.
After 26 years playing hockey at its highest level, Chelios retired ranked 5th all time in games played. In addition to that, he logged nearly three additional seasons' worth of games in the playoffs. He ended up playing professionally in four decades and was rewarded by joining the Hockey Hall of Fame.