This was an excellent read and I had no idea that his path to the NHL was what it was. On a particular note, the article made a point to talk about Cheli's commitment to staying in shape, mentioning how he would sometimes ride his bike to the Joe from his place in Bloomfield Hills, and the stuff about his cardio workouts in a sauna. Everyone makes a big deal about Howe lasting until 52 (which is definitely a huge deal, don't get me wrong), but I wonder whether in today's NHL, whether lasting until 48 is an equally impressive feat. The four year gap is a big one, especially when you're talking about those years around 50. But at the same time, it takes serious commitment to succeed after 40, especially on defense, and we've all heard stories about how Cheli's workout regime would make other, younger NHLers keel over and vomit. Anyway, its a good read.
extra credit: http://sports.yahoo....-233740518.html
Edited by Echolalia, 04 November 2013 - 05:59 PM.