Eddie Vedder surprises Chris Chelios, announces jersey retirement on February 25

Last night at the second of two sold-out Pearl Jam shows at the United Center, Eddie Vedder brought former captain Chris Chelios on stage for a surprise. The iconic frontman delivered the news to three-time Stanley Cup winner that on February 25, the captain’s jersey would be hung in the rafters at the United Center.

“We are thrilled to have Chris Chelios’ number hang forever in the United Center rafters,” said Blackhawks president of business operations Jaime Faulkner. “There is a lot to come for the organization as we celebrate achievements of the many great players who have worn the Blackhawks sweater. With our upcoming Centennial celebration during the 2025-26 season, plans to celebrate our alumni and additional jersey retirements will continue to emerge as we look forward to sharing that with our fans.”

On behalf of everyone here at Q101, congratulations to Chelios and his entire family.