RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, the parent club of the American Hockey League’s Charlotte Checkers, announced today that they have come to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with defenseman Jake Chelios. The deal will pay him $575,000 on the NHL level, or $70,000 on the AHL level.
The 25-year old Chelios led the Checkers in games played, skating in 73 of the team’s 76 games during the 2015-16 campaign. He was ranked second among Checkers defensemen in assists(24) and points(31), and tied for second among Checkers blueliners in goals with seven. In 118 career AHL regular-season games with the Chicago Wolves and Charlotte Checkers, Chelios(6’2″, 185 lbs.) has scored eight goals and tallied 39 assists(47 points). “Jake was a steady presence for Charlotte last season in his first full season of playing defense.” Francis said. “He showed that he can contribute offensively an at 25, he fits in well with our organization’s young defensemen.” Francis added on Chelios’ season last year with Charlotte.
It was just his second full professional campaign last year, after splitting parts of the 2014-15 season with the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye and the AHL’s Chicago Wolves. Prior to turning pro, Chelios spent four seasons playing college hockey at Michigan State University, where he earned 54 points(17g, 37a) in 154 career games with the Spartans, including 21 points(9g, 12a) to lead Spartan defensemen in his senior year at Michigan State. He is the son of Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman and current Detroit Red Wings assistant coach Chris Chelios.