Bloomington Tequila co-founder inducted into Chicago Blackhawks Hall of Fame

Chelios co-founded El Bandido Yankee Tequila in Bloomington. (Photo courtesy: El Bandido Yankee Tequila/X)

By Blake Haas

CHICAGO – After this weekend, a new banner hangs inside the United Center to recognize the Hall of Fame career of Chicago Blackhawks legend Chris Chelios.

Chelios, a former defenseman, spent nine seasons with the Blackhawks, including stops with the Detroit Red Wings and the Atlanta Thrashers.

“I always said that growing up as a child or kid, it wasn’t my dream to be in the NHL. It wasn’t a reality; I was small and undersized, and I was never the best player on my team,” Chelios told WJBC’s Scott Miller. “As I got older and turned 18 and 19, the goal was to get to college. After getting into college, all of a sudden, it became a reality that I had a shot at least getting a tryout to an NHL team.”

During his career, Chelios was a U.S. 1984 Winter Olympics hockey team member. Chelios, one of the longest-tenured players in the NHL, won the Stanley Cup championship three times.

After retirement in 201, Chelios and Jim Bob Morris founded El Bandido Yankee Tequila in Bloomington.

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