The Evergreen Park native, who attended Mt. Carmel High School, played 26 seasons in the
"I played so long and people talked about it but now that I've been inducted … it's pretty hard to believe," Chelios said. "I couldn't have been more excited than when I got the call. My family friends, coaches … they're as excited as I am about it. USA hockey has come a long way."
Chelios, an 11-time NHL All-Star, is the all-time leader in games played by a defenseman in NHL history. The second-round draft pick (40th overall) in the 1981
Another former Hawks player,
"You have dreams of growing up and someday making it to the Hall of Fame and I'm truly honored and humbled to be joining the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2011," Suter said.
Other inductees to be enshrined into the Hall this fall in Chicago are Mike Emrick, Ed Snider andKeith Tkachuk.