Thrashers assign Chelios to AHL Chicago

The Atlanta Thrashers have assigned 48-year-old defenseman Chris

Chelios, an 11-time All-Star, to the Chicago Wolves of the American

Hockey League.

Chelios appeared in seven games with the Thrashers after being

recalled from Chicago on March 10.

Chelios has played in more NHL games than any other

American-born player. He won three Stanley Cups and was a

three-time winner of the Norris Trophy as the league’s top


The Thrashers recalled Chelios last month in hopes he could

provide a spark for the team’s playoff hopes. Atlanta was

eliminated from playoff contention with a loss to New Jersey on

Tuesday night.

The Thrashers also assigned forward Tim Stapleton to