Jake Chelios


Bloomfield Hills Michigan

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Signed as free agent, 2016


185 lbs.

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2008-09: Jake Chelios played for the Little Caesars U18 team in Michigan. He scored 14 goals with 28 assists and 32 penalty minutes in 46 games. Little Caesars captured the U18 national championship. Chelios was selected by the Chicago Steel in the fourth round (49th overall) in the 2009 USHL Entry Draft.

2009-10: Chelios was the third-leading scorer for the Chicago Steel in his first USHL season. He scored 12 goals with 22 assists and was +2 with 45 penalty minutes in 52 games. The Steel finished fifth in the Eastern Conference, missing the playoffs. Chelios committed to playing college hockey at Michigan State in June 2010.

2010-11: Chelios skated in 37 games for Michigan State in his freshman season, playing both defense and forward for the Spartans. Teammates with his older brother Dean, a sophomore forward, Chelios scored 8 goals with 6 assists and had an even plus/minus with 34 penalty minutes. Four of his eight goals were scored on the power play. The Spartans finished 10th in the 11-team CCHA and lost to Alaska-Fairbanks in the first round of conference tournament.

2011-12: Chelios played in all 39 games for Michigan State in his sophomore season. Playing defense the entire season, he scored 2 goals with 7 assists and was -2 with 44 penalty minutes. Michigan State finished fifth in the CCHA and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament despite a quarterfinal loss to Miami in the CCHA tournament. Union College defeated the Spartans, 3-1, in the NCAA East semifinals.

2012-13: Chelios led Michigan State with 79 penalty minutes, skating in all 42 games for the Spartans as a junior. He was -10 with 5 goals and 5 assists. Michigan State finished last in the CCHA in the regular season but defeated Alaska-Fairbanks in a three-game first round series before falling to regular season champion Miami in the quarterfinals.

2013-14: Chelios made his professional hockey debut with the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye along with his brother Dean following his senior season at Michigan State. He played seven games with Toledo before signing an AHL tryout agreement with the Chicago Wolves in April 2016. Chelios was -2 with 1 assist and 4 penalty minutes in four games with Chicago. Joining Toledo along with his brother Dean, he scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -3 with 2 penalty minutes in seven games with the Walleye. Chelios had a career-high 21 points in his senior season, with 2 goals and 19 assists, and was -1 with 38 penalty minutes in 36 games for Michigan State. The Spartans finished fifth in the six-team Big Ten hockey conference in the league’s inaugural season; falling to fourth-place Ohio State, 2-1 in overtime, in the conference tournament quarterfinals.

2014-15: Chelios signed an AHL contract with the Chicago Wolves — the same team with which his father Chris concluded his pro career in 2010-11. Skating in 41 regular season games for the St. Louis Blues’ affiliate, he scored 1 goal with 14 assists and was -7 with 32 penalty minutes. Chelios finished the season with the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -3 with 2 penalty minutes in seven regular season games and was -2 with 1 goal, 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes in four Kelly Cup playoff games.

2015-16: Chelios attended training camp with the Carolina Hurricanes, signing an AHL contract with affiliate Charlotte after being released. The second-leading scorer amongst Checkers’ defensemen, he scored 7 goals with 24 assists and was -12 with 44 penalty minutes in 73 games. The Checkers finished fifth in the Central Division, missing the playoffs. Chelios signed a one-year contract with the Hurricanes as an undrafted free-agent in April 2016.

Talent Analysis

Chelios is the younger of Hall of Fame defenseman Chris Chelios' two sons — both of whom played college hockey at Michigan State. Like his brother Dean, who played forward in the ECHL in 2015-16, Jake Chelios was a forward before converting to defense full-time in college. The 25-year-old is still a project in terms of being more consistent in his positional defensive play. The strengths of his game are his skating, passing and playmaking.


Chelios skated for Carolina AHL affiliate Charlotte in 2015-16, signing an NHL entry-level contract in April 2016. A skating defenseman in an organization deep in talented young defensemen, he is likely to begin the 2016-17 season in the AHL but could be an option if there are injuries. Chelios projects as a lower pairing defenseman with some offensive elements to his game.

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