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With NHL training camps set to open in less than a month, veteran NHL defenceman Chris Chelios still does not have a team to continue his career. Toronto Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson, who doubles as the head coach of the United States men's Olympic hockey team, relayed a story on Monday that the 47-year-old Chelios inquired about the possibility joining the Leafs.

Wilson said that Chelios asked the Leafs coach if "you guys have room in Toronto. I know an American coach would like an American defenceman. You even get this feeling that he thinks he can play with this team. He still wants to play."

Wilson is a big believer in mentoring and that is Chelios's role as special assistant with the U.S. team as it prepares for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

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"If he doesn't play this year, I would like him to be like Joe Nieuwendyk was for me last year [with the Maple Leafs]- a veteran that they all greatly respect," Wilson said. "You can make the argument that he is the greatest American player of all time.

"I want him to talk to the [U.S.]players and get them all fired up and to share his experiences."

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