Former NHL star defenceman Chris Chelios arrested on drunk driving charge

WESTMONT, Ill. – Former NHL defenceman Chris Chelios was arrested last month and charged with drunk driving and speeding in suburban Chicago.

Westmont police say the 47-year-old Chelios, who now plays for the AHL’s Chicago Wolves, was driving alone in his pickup truck when he was pulled over shortly after 4 a.m. on Dec. 28 for speeding and improper lane usage. He was arrested on a drunk driving charge and taken into custody.

Chelios posted bond and was released pending a Feb. 1 court appearance.

The defender was in Chicago’s lineup Wednesday night for the Wolves’ 3-1 loss to the Bulldogs at Hamilton’s Copps Coliseum. He slipped out a back door of the arena without commenting about his arrest.

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Chicago coach Don Lever was equally speechless when asked about the incident and whether the team would discipline Chelios.

“I’ve got no comment on that,” he said. “That’s a situation – a personal problem. We’ve got no comment on it.”

Chelios was one of the NHL’s top defencemen in his 25 years in the league, including stints in Montreal, Chicago and Detroit.

-With files from The Canadian Press.