Sharks' winger Bill Guerin, a former teammate of Chelios's, calls him a physical "freak of nature," but says: "He works his ass off too. He loves the game more than anybody I know. He deserves all the accolades he gets, with what he's done in his career and the type of leader he's been.
With all due respect to many great candidates - Pat Lafontaine, Mike Modano, Brian Leetch, Mike Richter, Rod Langway among others - Chelios is the greatest American player in hockey history.
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