The United States Hockey Hall of Fame welcomed two more Wisconsin alumni on Monday when former Badger defensemen Chris Chelios and Gary Suter were voted in. Both will be inducted this Fall in a formal ceremony.
Chelios and Suter both appear near the top of many NHL record lists. Chelios played in the Stanley Cup playoffs a record 24 times and holds the record for most career games played among American players and most career games played by a defenseman. Suter ranks fourth overall in career points among American defensemen and won the Rookie of the Year award in 1986. Chelios is currently the Executive Advisor to Detroit Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland, while Suter is back in Madison, coaching the Madison Capitols U18 team (2011 Cougar Classic Champions, oh yeah!).
After being selected 40th overall in the 1981 Entry Draft, Chelios played two seasons with the Badgers and was part of Wisconsin’s 1983 NCAA Championship team. He was also selected to play on the 1984 Winter Olympic National Team. Suter joined the Badgers a year after Chelios moved on to the NHL and played for two seasons, scoring 51 points in 39 games in his second year in Madison. Suter was selected 180th overall in the 1984 Entry Draft. Both won at least one Stanley Cup Championship in the NHL.