By Charlie Roumeliotis
When Michael Jordan delivered his Basketball's Hall of Fame Enshrinement Speech in 2009, he concluded by half-jokingly leaving the door open on a possible return to the game at age 50.
There might be another Chicago sports Hall of Famer joining him in those sentiments.
Former Blackhawks defenseman Chris Chelios spent 26 years in the NHL as a player and will officially be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame Monday. But the 51-year old may be taking the skates off the shelf soon.
His two sons, Jake and Dean, graduate from Michigan State next year, and Chelios says he would like to play with them on a team in Europe.
"Obviously my wife’s going to have a decision in it too," Chelios told sportsnet.ca. "Even if it would be for six months or something like that, I would for sure consider it. I still skate, I’m in relatively good shape.
"If they weren’t too embarrassed it would be a great story."
Chelios retired at the end of the 2010 NHL season after bouncing around from the Atlanta Thrashers and the American Hockey League's Chicago Wolves.
But since then, he has remained in supreme shape in hopes of keeping the possibility of playing with Jake and Dean open.
"If for some crazy reason they don’t make it [to the NHL], which realistically there’s just not enough jobs, I’m staying in shape to go to Europe," Chelios said. "Pick a good country and take my whole family over there and go play with them there. Switzerland, something like that, who knows? We’ve done crazier things in our family."
Brendan Shanahan, who was teammates with Chelios in Detroit from 1998-2006, is sticking by his long-lasting prediction of Chelios making a hockey comeback.
"I guarantee he’ll do it – he’s still in shape," Shanahan told sportsnet.ca.