PASSING THE TORCH. Hobey Baker award winner Blake Geoffrion begins his professional career with the Milwaukee Admirals. The Admirals, of the American Hockey League, are in a playoff with their traditional rival, the Chicago Wolves. The Wolves recently signed another Wisconsin hockey star.

"It was unbelievable," said Geoffrion, who also won the Hobey Baker Award last weekend. "On the ice for the first time with him, I was kind of in awe a little bit even though my dad said not to be like that at all.

"It was pretty cool. I said, 'Hello, Mr. Chelios.' He was like, 'What's up, kid.' That was my little moment with Chris Chelios and I'll remember it the rest of my life."

Mr Chelios, who also wore the red sweater for a few seasons, has at least one championship ring from Wisconsin, in the early 1980s.

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