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Sports Chris Chelios pounded beers on bench after Mike Babcock benched him at Winter Classic

21:46  06 december  2019
21:46  06 december  2019 Source:   freep.com

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Lace up the skates and crack open a few beers.

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It's a rite of passage when a player gets benched in front of his hometown friends and family during an outdoor NHL game.

Wait, what?

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That's exactly what ex-Detroit Red Wings star Chris Chelios says happened during the 2009 Winter Classic, after being benched by ever-scrutinized coach Mike Babcock at Wrigley Field in Chelios' hometown of Chicago.

"He tried to healthy scratch me in the outdoor game in Wrigley Field against Chicago because he knew it was my hometown," Chelios, who played 26 seasons in the NHL, including 10 in Detroit, said on Barstool Sports' Spittin' Chiclets podcast. "Just things that were so unnecessary."

a man skiing in the snow: Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios wears a sweater signed by teammates against the Colorado Avalanche at Coors Field in Denver on Feb. 26, 2016.© David Zalubowski Associated Press Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios wears a sweater signed by teammates against the Colorado Avalanche at Coors Field in Denver on Feb. 26, 2016.

The Free Press was not immediately able to verify Chelios' claim. There's no apparent video of the incident and an email to the Red Wings was not immediately returned.

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Chelios, who last played in 2009-10, said he played the first shift before being benched.

And then he said he started pounding beers.

"Again, and you know it’s funny," Chelios continued. "I’m sitting there. Second period and my two sons were about 40 feet, you know, sitting on the boards and they’re looking at me going, 'What’s going on?'

"And I look at them. I tip my glass like you know my cup, to get me a beer. So my two boys were handing me beers the whole game. And then (Brad) McCrimmon tried to get me to go out there with a minute left to kill a penalty. I said, 'Not a chance.' "

a man in a red uniform holding a gun: Red Wings forward Johan Franzen yells for the puck as he skates by coach Mike Babcock during practice on May 14, 2013, at Joe Louis Arena.© Julian H. Gonzalez, Julian H. Gonzalez Red Wings forward Johan Franzen yells for the puck as he skates by coach Mike Babcock during practice on May 14, 2013, at Joe Louis Arena.

Chelios has two sons. His oldest son, Dean, was born in 1989. His youngest, Jake, was born in 1991.

It's the second time this week that Chelios has accused Babcock, who coached the Red Wings from 2005 to 2015, of manipulative coaching tactics.

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On Monday, former Red Wings forward Johan Franzen, in an interview with the Swedish newspaper Expressen, called Babcock "the worst" person he had ever met and a "bully" after Chelios summarized a heated exchange between Babcock and Franzen during the 2012 playoffs in Nashville.

"He blatantly verbally assaulted him during the game on the bench,” Chelios said Monday on Spittin' Chiclets. “It got to the point where poor Johan, no one really knowing he was suffering with the concussion thing and the depression thing, he just broke down and had a nervous breakdown, not only on the bench but after the game in one of the rooms in Nashville."

Franzen, who was forced to retire in 2015 after repeated head injuries caused him to suffer from post-concussion syndrome said: "From 2011 on, I was terrified of being at the rink."

Babcock's tactics didn't stop in Detroit, where he won a Stanley Cup.

Mitchell Marner, Mike Babcock are posing for a picture: Mitch Marner puts on a Toronto Maple Leafs sweater after being chosen fourth overall.© Alan Diaz, AP Mitch Marner puts on a Toronto Maple Leafs sweater after being chosen fourth overall.

In Toronto, he admitted he asked Mitch Marner, at the time a rookie,  to rank the players on the team from hardest-working to biggest slacker. Marner obliged, according to the Toronto Sun, before Babcock took the list and showed it to the players ranked at the bottom.

Babcock was the Maple Leafs coach from 2015 to Nov. 20, when he was fired after a 9-10-4 start to the season.

Chris Thomas is the sports editor at the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at cdthomas@freepress.com or follow him on Twitter @bychristhomas.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Chris Chelios pounded beers on bench after Mike Babcock benched him at Winter Classic

McCarty: Red Wings won Stanley Cup in 2008 'in spite of' Babcock .
Former Detroit Red Wings forward Darren McCarty believes Mike Babcock cost the club a championship in the 2009 Stanley Cup Final and was anything but the reason Detroit won it all one year prior. "Our (dressing) room worked in different ways and when I came back you could tell that things were different, but the thing that didn't change was that guys played for each other," McCarty told Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press. "That's the key. In spite of him, right? In spite of him," McCarty added. "And I learned that more getting into '09 because we won in '08 in spite of him and lost in '09 because of him.

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