Chris Chelios to be Red Wings exec

Updated: August 7, 2010, 7:00 PM ET
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Chris Chelios will retire as a player but join the Detroit Red Wings' front office.

"I don't have a title for him, but he's going to do a little player development," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said, according to the Detroit Free Press. "After '09 when I told him we weren't going to re-sign him, I told him to keep in touch. He called me in May and told me he was going to take me up on my offer."

While singing during the seventh-inning stretch, Chelios wore a Bob Probert Blackhawks jersey backward -- with "Probert" on the front -- in tribute to the late Blackhawks and Red Wings player.

"He can really help us in player development and as an ambassador," Holland told the Free Press on Friday. "[Coach] Mike Babcock has told me there'll be times during the year he'll lean on him. To some degree, it'll be an internship for Cheli."

Chelios, 48, played a record-tying 26 NHL seasons as a defenseman, including nine with the Blackhawks and 10 with the Red Wings, before finishing his career last season with the Atlanta Thrashers. His career started with the Montreal Canadiens in 1984.

He played in 1,651 games, scoring 185 goals and totaling 948 points. He was a part of three Stanley Cup championship teams -- the 1986 Canadiens and the 2002 and 2008 Red Wings.

The Chicago native also played for the Chicago Wolves last season.