Chelios — Jake Chelios — hopes to make lasting impression with Hawks
BY ADAM L. JAHNS firstname.lastname@example.org July 9, 2012 8:42PM
Updated: August 11, 2012 6:25AM
Jake Chelios knows he can’t escape the comparisons and questions about his father, Chris, a living legend who starred on the blue line for the Blackhawks and Red Wings before landing a job in Detroit’s front office.
But his goal is to make his “own name.”
Chelios, a 21-year-old defenseman at Michigan State, is an invitee at the Hawks’ prospect camp this week. His father is coaching at Detroit’s camp this week, and his brother, Dean, is participating in it. Chelios attended the Red Wings’ camps the previous two summers.
“I thought this would be a good time to get some exposure in a different city,” Chelios said.
Of course, Chicago was home to the Chelios family not too long ago.
“It’s nice to come back here where I grew up,” Chelios said. “Being in that locker room was pretty nostalgic. I remember pretty much where everything was even though I was only 8 [years old].”
Chelios said his plan is to return to Michigan State next season. His goal at camp is to learn from different coaches and hopefully make an impression.
“It’s just a really good opportunity,” he said. “I want to take advantage of that and try to make my own name.”
Is his game similar to his father’s at all?
“In slashing and cross-checking, yeah, but I don’t know if that works anymore,” Chelios said. “Back in his day, that was considered a skill game. That’s just about it — just the grittiness that I bring to my game.”
DOAN UPDATE: There will be plenty of suitors for hard-nosed wing Shane Doan with the Phoenix Coyotes’ situation still in flux. Doan’s camp has started fielding calls.
The Hawks are among plenty of teams, including the Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, Pittsburgh Penguins and Vancouver Canucks, that have expressed interest in Doan.