But Chelios, 48, will be hired for a role in the organization.
“It looks like I’m going to stay in Detroit and take a job with the Red Wings,” Chelios told a Chicago Cubs TV audience Friday after singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch at Wrigley Field.
Wings general manager Ken Holland confirmed Chelios’ return.
“He is joining our team but not as a player,” Holland wrote in a text-message response. “Title not determined.”
Chelios was wearing a Bob Probert Blackhawks’ jersey backwards — with “Probert” on the front — in tribute to the late Hawks and Wings player.
Chelios played 26 seasons as a defenseman in the NHL, including 10 with the Wings before finishing his career last season with Atlanta.