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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.

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.


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