Chris Chelios

Former Badgers defenseman Chris Chelios will be among the 2018 inductees into the IIHF Hall of Fame.

PAUL SANCYA, Associated Press

Former University of Wisconsin hockey star defenseman Chris Chelios will be part of the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame's Class of 2018.

Chelios was named Friday as one of four former players in the class, joining Sweden's Daniel Alfredsson, Canada's Rob Blake and Finland's Jere Lehtinen.

One of two U.S. men's hockey players to ever skate in four Olympics (1984, 1988, 2002, 2006), Chelios is the second former Badgers player to earn admission into the IIHF Hall of Fame.

Mark Johnson, a member of the gold medal-winning 1980 U.S. Olympic team, was inducted in 1999.

Chelios played two seasons at UW from 1981 to 1983, winning the national championship in his second year. His 26-season NHL career includes three Stanley Cups and the league record for games played by a defenseman (1,651).

He represented the U.S. in 10 competitions as a player and is a member of Badgers coach Tony Granato's coaching staff for the 2018 U.S. Olympic team.

The induction ceremony will take place during the IIHF Men's World Championship in Copenhagen, Denmark, in May.

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