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Pearl Jam announces that the Blackhawks will retire Chris Chelios’ number
When I think of Chris Chelios and music, my first instinct is to go straight to Bob Bissonnette. After all, his song Chris Chelios, which starts with a legendary line, is a great earworm.

The famous “t’as fourré la femme du président” is also well launched. In short, we’re in for a treat on this slightly cooler Friday morning in Montreal.

But this morning, when we think of the world of music and the former NHL defenseman, it’s Eddie Vedder and the legendary band Pearl Jam that come to mind.

And why? Because of what happened yesterday in Chicago.

Yesterday, during a Pearl Jam show, Vedder took the time to announce to those present in the Chicago arena that the Hawks had made the decision to retire the former club defender’s number 7.

This will happen on February 25 against the Red Wings, one of his former teams.

In terms of points, it’s really in Chicago that the Hall of Famer has enjoyed the biggest years of his career. In nine seasons, the defenseman racked up 487 points.

The Canadiens traded him to the Hawks at the age of 28. He played until the age of 48, after stints with the Blackhawks, the Red Wings… and seven games in Atlanta.

With the club going nowhere (besides Connor Bedard, there’s not much positive surrounding the Hawks these days), seeing that such an initiative has been taken to keep fans happy is a good idea.

I really like it.

Note that Eddie Vedder, even though he led a Seattle grunge band and helped create the grunge wave in the 1990s, is a Chicago native after all. That explains why he was put in charge of making the announcement.

Well-deserved, anyway.

In bursts

– Zdeno’s a machine. #Marathons

– Tough break.

– Bummer.

– Nice mask.

– Kasperi Kapanen knows he made a mistake. He apologizes.

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