Red Wings ambassador Chris Chelios engaged in a conversation with Yahoo Sports’ Eric Adelson, discussing his looming decision as to whether he wishes to pursue coaching on a full-time basis. At present, Chelios is serving as an assistant coach with Team USA’s Olympic hockey team, working with its defense:
“I have to make a decision sooner or later,” he said. “It’s the grind of the schedule; it’s the only thing stopping me. I wouldn’t want to be an assistant coach. Video, they do all the work; it’s a thankless job. I don’t like being told what to do. That’s the stubbornness in me.”
All that said, he didn’t hesitate to become an assistant in this setting, and he’s already thrilled with the role.
“When you’re with a bunch of guys with this much skill,” he said, “you want the skill to come out.”