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xX Hot Fuss 08-14-2012 09:24 PM

Chris Chelios teaching my "Learn to Play" class

Just found this out yesterday. I finished my "Learn to skate" lessons and i think i'm ready to start my hockey 'skills and drills' stuff. Bought my helmet, gloves, and stick and i was all ready to sign up for a "Learn to Play" class at the local rink. Who is teaching that class? Chris ****ING Chelios!

Have any of you had an ex-pro teach you the game before? What can i expect? Any do's and dont's involving Chelios?

Ozz 08-14-2012 09:48 PM

I was instructed by Paul Fenton and Kevin Dineen in the early '90s. Can't remember much of the drills but be prepared to hammer the heck out of your weaknesses, skating, and doing things that'll make your "normal" game easier by comparison.

edit: have you met/seen Chelios yet? That site mentions that the instructor is his cousin but has the same name. If it's the Chris Chelios, bring him some peanut butter cups if you get on his bad side...haha

rinkrat22 08-14-2012 10:30 PM

hope I'm not bursting your bubble, but that isn't THE Chris Chelios. it is his cousin as Ozz said above. He is still a good coach and I believe was drafted but just didn't get there. He is the hockey director for a couple of different clubs I believe. I did sub a couple of times in one of his leagues. Each team had an A,B,C line with a horn going off for shift changes. I've never heard anyone complain about him as far as youth hockey goes, so I'm sure you'll have fun.

JoeCool16 08-14-2012 10:33 PM

Lol. That's so funny that his cousin plays hockey and has the exact same name. Who woulda thunk.

xX Hot Fuss 08-15-2012 08:53 AM

Lol where does it say its his COUSIN teaching the class?

Renbarg 08-15-2012 09:30 AM


Originally Posted by xX Hot Fuss (Post 53590809)
Lol where does it say its his COUSIN teaching the class?

His bio states that he is the cousin of NHL player Chris Chelios. It would be weird to have the Chris Chelios teach a class from a program run by the other Chris Chelios. If the Chris Chelios was running the class you bet your bottom dollar that it would be on the front page of that website.

ChiTownHawks 08-15-2012 09:55 AM

Hey no matter what you can always say you got your first hockey lessons from Chris Chelios.

Ozz 08-15-2012 10:22 AM


Originally Posted by xX Hot Fuss (Post 53590809)
Lol where does it say its his COUSIN teaching the class?


In about 3 seconds I went to the "Coach Chelios" part of the site and it says first and foremost:


As a player and cousin of Chris Chelios from the Detroit Redwings, Chris' hockey career includes playing professional hockey for the Shreveport Mudbugs in the CHL, the Baton Rouge Kingfish of the ECHL and one year professional hockey in Germany. He played collegiate hockey at University of Wisconsin-Superior, as well as, Junior A Hockey in the USHL for the Sioux City Musketeers.
followed by a list of hockey experience that does not match 'the real' Chris Chelios' resume.

xX Hot Fuss 08-15-2012 11:26 AM

Wow. I"m not sure which is more fitting right now...




AIREAYE 08-15-2012 03:07 PM

LOL cheers, mate. Ahaha

thrillhouse99 08-15-2012 03:09 PM

Looks like you are still learning from someone with a lot of experience, so that's cool.

esidebill 08-15-2012 03:17 PM

$20 for a clinic with a semi-pro hockey player? Sounds like a steal to me.

xX Hot Fuss 08-15-2012 04:27 PM

I'm doing a 7 week session for $110 which includes unlimited public skate from September 6th to October 18th.

Not at all complaining, just really thought a HOF NHLer would be teaching me

rinkrat22 08-15-2012 07:58 PM

hell his other cousin coaches at darien, its a family thing I guess

Skraut 08-16-2012 10:52 AM

My Learn to Play Hockey class was taught by all time IHL scoring leader Jock Callander who got his name on the Stanley Cup while playing with the Penguins.

I don't think many of my classmates knew who we was, but I used to work in TV, and covered the Cleveland Lumberjacks when Jock played for them.

As for what to expect? For us it was a "True" beginners class. Almost nobody could skate backwards, nobody could pivot, and everyone stopped to watch if someone managed to elevate a shot off the surface of the ice. Jock fully understood that, and so was a lot easier on us than the subs he got the few times he couldn't make it. But he went through a lot of fundamentals, positions, responsibilities, etc.

We've had several other coaches since for various things who have pushed us a lot harder at the physical aspects of things, but Jock taught us how to think the game.

Fanned On It 08-17-2012 11:36 PM

Hahaha.. this has got to be one of the best mix-ups I've ever heard about. I'm sure you'll be getting your money's worth, though.

TickleMeYandle 08-18-2012 08:59 AM


Originally Posted by Fanned On It (Post 53670945)
I'm sure you'll be getting your money's worth, though.

I agree.

In a learn to play class, I really don't know that I would even want an amazing ex-NHL player teaching me. I would probably feel embarrassed and nervous about being so bad that I would focus more on whether or not he was thinking I was a total idiot than actually getting much out of the class.

And if you're just learning to play, I can't imagine that you would even get the real benefit of learning from an NHLer. At an advanced level, sure - but for someone just starting out, what will they be able to teach you that just about any other decent hockey coach couldn't do?

I teach French and I can imagine that if a prizewinning member of the Academie Francaise came to teach my level 1 students, nobody would be happy. The author wouldn't know where to start with such beginners, and they wouldn't appreciate the literary prowess of their teacher anyway.

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